Presentation of the “Access to EU Funds for Roma” project
“ACCESS TO EU FUNDS FOR ROMA” programme was presented in the Media Centre Belgrade on December 23.
The conference was opened by Nadir Rexhepi, Project Manager for South East Europe in the Open Society Institute (OSI) from Budapest, who emphasised the need for such a programme in Serbia. The initiative for the empowerment of Roma organisations was launched in 2007, when the Open Society Institute realised that governments in the Western Balkans and southern Europe had neither sufficient funds nor an adequate structure to support the inclusion of the Roma community into society. The programme is implemented in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary where over 200 projects were implemented, generating 19.5 million Euros from the EU and about 2 million from the OSI for technical support. “Last year, the programme was launched in Macedonia, in 2011 in Serbia and Montenegro, and next year it will be launched in Croatia”, said Rexhepi.
Vladimir Petronijevic, Group 484 Executive Director pointed out that the project objective is increasing capacities of state institutions, local governments and civil society to apply for available EU funds, in line with the Roma inclusion policies in the context of the priority issues such as education, employment, housing and health care. “The project is based on empowering Roma to participate in all phases of the project, but also in the EU project cycles and it therefore foresees the formation of teams to be trained to design, apply and implement projects in order to improve the status of Roma in the country”, said Petronijevic.
Maja Bobic, Secretary General of European Movement in Serbia, stressed the importance of integration and socio-economic empowerment of the Roma community, which is one of the tasks on the path towards the European Union. “We need to involve the Roma community in the process of European integration, but the integration process should also be brought closer to the Roma, as a matter of overall modernisation of Serbian society,” said Maja Bobic, adding that the Roma community is most vulnerable in Serbia, which is why it needs support and sensitisation of Serbian society for its needs and problems.
Jelica Nikolic, Advocacy Campaign Manager in the Roma Centre for Democracy Development (RCRD) said that their main goal is to provide recognition of the priorities of the Roma community that will be represented in a way defined by the community with the help of the mentor team that will be formed in the upcoming period. “RCRD has delegated six local associates, one for each region in the country and their task will be to organise meetings and training at the local level in cooperation with local governments and interested Roma NGOs”, said Jelica Nikolic. In order to promote the project and present the results in different stages, RCRD will organise three conferences and six round tables, and will provide consultative assistance and support to Roma organisations throughout the project process.
The “Access to EU Funds for Roma” programme is realised by Group 484, European Movement in Serbia and Roma Centre for Democracy Development with the support of Open Society Institute, Budapest.
Source: Media Centre Belgrade
Al via un bando di selezione per il Terzo Settore per la sessione formativa per la Provincia di Lecce di inerente il progetto "Com.In.Rom.Italia - Accrescere le competenze degli operatori sul fenomeno Rom" gestito dal Consorzio NOVA onlus e finanziato dal Ministero dell’Interno – Dipartimento per le libertà civili e l’immigrazione. Il progetto si propone di realizzare una rete operativa e culturale tra gli operatori pubblici (personale dirigente delle Prefetture e degli Enti pubblici locali - Regioni, Province, Comuni), e gli operatori privati appartenenti alle realtà del Terzo settore (volontariato, associazionismo e cooperazione sociale) impegnati intorno al fenomeno Rom e di investire risorse per potenziare e diffondere maggiore conoscenza del e sul fenomeno Rom allo scopo di meglio calibrare interventi, azioni apolitiche locali di inclusione delle minoranze Rom sui territori delle Regioni Obiettivo Convergenza.
Il progetto è dislocato in gran parte delle città del Sud Italia e mira alla costruzione di reti territoriali.
La fase partita è quella di realizzazione di 20 percorsi formativi, della durata di 96 ore tra didattica d’aula e formazione laboratoriale
On December 5th-6th, 2011, ternYpe participated in the “Expert meeting on Roma Youth in South East Europe” organized by SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting brought representatives of Roma and non-Roma organisations working with young Roma and a group of experienced youth workers and trainers together in order to initiate a dialogue on how to strengthen Roma youth activism and participation in international youth projects and in the Youth in Action Programme in particular. Within the Youth in Action Programme the participation of young Roma has recently become a high priority, which is a fact that all stakeholders have to take into consideration. SALTO SEE (hosted by the Slovenian National Agency) and SALTO Cultural Diversity (hosted by the UK National Agency-British Council) will take the lead in the process to reach out to more Roma organizations.
We are happy to launch the March 2012 call for applications for the European Commission Internship for Young Roma Graduates. The internship will start on March 1 and end on July 31, 2012. Please find attached the call for applications and application form.
Rom: Consiglio d'Europa - la Caritas di Salerno ospita il corso per Mediatori Rom ROMED organizzato dal Dipartimento Educazione di Strasburgo
Caritas Diocesana di Salerno
L’Italia è stata inclusa nel primo gruppo di Paesi ammessi a partecipare al Programma di Formazione per Mediatori Rom che il Consiglio d'Europa sta sviluppando. Il programma ROMED mira a elevare la qualità e l'efficacia del lavoro dei rappresentanti e mediatori Rom attraverso l'offerta di abilità, strumenti e approcci addizionali in modo da integrare le iniziative di formazione a livello nazionale.
Ogni Paese che partecipa al programma, deve prevedere la formazione di un certo numero di mediatori provenienti da differenti Comuni. In Italia hanno già partecipato a una prima sessione, che si è tenuta a Roma dal 12 al 15 aprile 2011, 15 mediatori che lavorano con le comunità Rom e Sinti oppure che svolgono un ruolo di facilitatori nell'accesso di Rom e Sinti ai servizi pubblici.
Altri 18 mediatori parteciperanno alla sessione di formazione che si svolgerà a Salerno tra il 28 e il 30 di settembre; alcuni provengono dalle Caritas diocesane di Salerno, Napoli (Comunità di S.Egidio), Cosenza, Lamezia Terme, Teramo, Pescara, Vicenza, altri da organizzazioni Rom italiane.
La mediazione è una delle misure impiegate in Europa allo scopo di superare le disuguaglianze cui i Rom devono far fronte in materia di accesso al lavoro, ai servizi sanitari e ad un’educazione di qualità. Essa consiste nell’impiego di persone con un bagaglio culturale Rom, provenienti dalle comunità locali o che abbiano una buona conoscenza delle questioni Rom, per svolgere il ruolo di mediatori con le istituzioni pubbliche.
L’appuntamento salernitano vuole essere un riconoscimento per il lavoro svolto sul campo dalla Caritas diocesana ed in particolar modo per il progetto “Fuori Campo” che è nato nel 2009 come attenzione della Caritas diocesana di Salerno alle condizioni di vita della popolazione Rom del territorio.
Salerno, 23 settembre 2011
Employability measures for Roma population
The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the President of the National Roma Self-Government, Flórián Farkas, signed a statement of intent in May, aimed at integrating 100,000 unemployed Roma into the Hungarian labour market by 2015. The agreement covers reforms of the education system and health screening tests to ensure better possibilities and equal opportunities for Roma people, both in the education system and on the labour market. Implementation of the agreement will require close cooperation.
There are around 750,000 Roma in Hungary today, according to the most recent study conducted by the National Family and Social Policy Institute (NCSSZI). Most of the Roma population live in the Northern and the South-Danubian regions of the country. The employment rate among this group is extremely low, with even qualified Roma people often being unemployed.
In the study, 27% of the Roma population aged between 16 and 64 reported being employed, while almost 30% identified themselves as unemployed or non-working. Some 55% of Roma households do not have a single employed member while one third of Roma households have only one income, although only 10% of households consist of only one person.
Attempts to increase employment
Several public and private projects have aimed to increase employment in disadvantaged regions where most of the Roma live. A large number of those projects were designed specifically for them.
One of the initiatives was ‘social agriculture’, the provision of grain and land by number of local governments so that families could produce at least basic foodstuffs to fulfil their needs. Social workers have also initiated a series of assistance programmes, which have proven to be more successful in some regions and villages than in others.
The statement of intent signed by the Prime Minister and the President of the National Roma Self-Government is designed to bring about structural changes in employment and in the employability of the Roma population in Hungary.
Education is key to integration
The parties to the agreement now want to introduce comprehensive educational changes that will enable 20,000 Roma youths to acquire a marketable profession via 50 vocational schools. The plan also sets a target of at least 10,000 Roma students graduating from high school and at least 5,000 talented youths continuing their studies through higher education.
The partners also want to organise vocational training and education for around 50,000 Roma adults, most of whom currently have only trade school qualifications.
In addition, 80,000 Roma adults with only primary education would be taken into skills development programmes to give them additional skills such as reading, writing, counting and basic IT.
Other employability measures
The statement of intent also identifies work needed in other areas such as health and law and order.
- stresses the importance of health screenings for 150,000 Roma people. Their life expectancy at birth is around 10–15 years less than that of the non-Roma population in Hungary. (http://www.romacentrum.hu/eu/temak/egeszsegugy/mo_egeszse...)
- work programmes will include preparing people for the primary labour market through learning and skills development and the education of children. Families involved in public work programmes will renovate their own homes and make them habitable, whether owned or rented. This has been identified as a key point for improving their current disadvantaged situation.
- must be maintained and the President of the National Roma Self-government, Flórián Farkas, says the Roma people should also take responsibility for this. Public safety and security has been questioned by the wider public in Hungaria over the past year and there have been conflicts in some areas caused by paramilitary groups behaving threateningly towards the Roma population.
Mr Farkas also wants to improve preservation of the Roma culture and art at the European level by establishing a cultural centre in Hungary in cooperation with the government.
The statement of intent has not yet been supported by a detailed work programme. No decision has been made about how to achieve the aims of the plan or how to fund it. As these measures will affect around 150,000 people, it will be necessary in the near future to define the conditions for those who will participate in the programme. However, the intent itself should be seen as an initial and very necessary step towards improving the living and working conditions of a large minority within Hungarian society.
Zsuzsa Rindt, Ildikó Krén, Solution4.org Bt
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