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2017, 13 July
The European Commission and Council of Europe are initiating a new joint project on “Inclusive schools: making a difference for Roma children” targeting schools where Roma children learn, in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic and United Kingdom.   The starting point of the project “Inclusive schools: making a difference for Roma children” is based on the main assumption that it is not enough to draw up policies of change. Change needs to be...
2017, 11 May
In the framework of the European Commission and Council of Europe Joint Programme ROMACTED “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level”, the Council of Europe is opening six new vacancies for Project Officers to be based in field offices in Ankara, Belgrade, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tirana.   Employment is limited to the duration of the Project which is expected to end on 30 April 2020. Candidates of self-declared Roma and Traveller origin are...
2017, 12 April
Rejoicing news for Roma participation in Portugal came during last week’s events of 5 and 6 April.   The series of encouraging developments began with the ROMED2 National Workshop in Seixal on 5 April, with the participation of municipalities involved in ROMED2 since 2013 but also two new municipalities (Viseu and Agueda) interested in taking on the ROMED2 approach to Roma participation. On the following day, within the International Seminar on Roma Communities organised by the High...
2017, 7 April
On 29 March 2017, at the UN House in Brussels, the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission organised an afternoon of strategic discussions gathering representatives of international organisations and civil society working in the Western Balkans and Turkey.   Ambassador Zoltan Taubner, Head of the Council of Europe Brussels office and Ms Katarina Mathernová, Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at...
2017, 30 March
On 28 March 2017, the ROMED Joint Programme of the Council of Europe and European Commission reached its closing phase through a seminar organised within the European Commission’s Berlaymont Building, entitled “Taking Stock and Looking Forward”. High-level representatives of the European Commission, including First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, as well as two Members of the European Parliament (EPP Group), Ms Corazza Bildt and Mr Cristian Preda, addressed the audience...
2017, 9 March
On 7 March 2017 the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights was visiting Torres Vedras in Portugal, one of the 54 municipalities where ROMED2 is implemented. Learn more about what was done in Torres Vedras here: http://bit.ly/2nhOekE and here: http://bit.ly/2mEvkr8  “It is heartening to see the positive changes brought about by the participation of Roma mediators in local government and the involvement of community groups in decision making to tackle issues such as...
2017, 6 February
The 2nd Romed Training of Mediators (ToM) took place from 2 to 4 February in Tenerife (Spain). The training is a result of an ongoing cooperation between the Council of Europe , local authorities, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) and Cabildo de Tenerife. A motivated group of mediators has successfully completed this phase of the Programme. After the two training sessions, they will soon start with their practical part of the process by working for six months in different municipalities and other...
2017, 16 January
Want to know more about mediation and Roma community participation in Ukraine? Would you like to help disseminate the info to Ukrainian-speaking actors?  The country findings for Ukraine and the case studies in Darnitsa district in Kiev, and in Pereyaslav Khlmenitskyi are ready for download in our Resources section! Below a bilingual excerpt of the findings of the evaluation about ROMED2 in Ukraine: "ROMED2 helped improve the following services in various sectors: Condition in...
2017, 13 January
"Effective participation of Roma communities" has been the mantra of international efforts for Roma inclusion for the past decade. But exactly how is it achieved? Who are the main actors and how should the community, local authorities and other stakeholders be engaged? As the title indicates, these Guidelines address those persons either from within (local facilitators, mediators) or from outside (national facilitators) of the community who would like to...
2016, 7 December
During the past weeks "Parovel", our short documentary based on the ROMED experiences in Moura, Bucharest, Elvas and Valea Seaca, was accepted in three film festivals in Serbia, Ukraine and Nigeria. FreeNetWorld is an international film festival which aims to support and promote the creativity of film and authors from all over the world, primarily through the Internet. The aim of this festival is to present the important and innovative films of high artistic value from the...

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