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2016, 18 August
In addition to the newly released Call for Expression of Interest for National Project Officers and National Focal Points, the Council of Europe and European Union are now recruiting facilitators to integrate the National Support Teams in Germany, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Ukraine. ROMED2 is a Joint Programme of the Council of Europe and European Commission’s DG EAC, which aims to stimulate democratic governance and Roma community participation through mediation at local level...
2016, 18 August
ROMED2 is a Joint Programme of the Council of Europe and European Commission’s DG EAC, which aims to stimulate democratic governance and Roma community participation through mediation at local level. The programme has been implemented since 2013 in 54 municipalities in 11 countries.   Over the forthcoming period, as it enters into a new phase - ROMED2 Transition - the Programme will remain active in close to 40 locations in Germany, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Ukraine with...
2016, 5 August
The ROMED2 Programme was initiated in Greece in October 2013, after the implementation of ROMED1 where over 100 mediators were trained and certified based on the ROMED1 methodology. Out of the 7 municipalities initially selected, 5 function according to the ROMED2 methodology of Democratic governance through community participation: Community Action Groups made up of Roma citizens were created and trained on topics such as "Reflection on Local Decision Making Processes", "...
2016, 5 July
The Ad-Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers issues (CAHROM) of the Council of Europe has just released a thematic report on health mediators. It comprises a country-by-country description on the situation of health mediators, good practices identified as well as possible follow-up for the improvement of the employment situation of health mediators in the country of focus. The thematic group on Roma health mediators was set up following a proposal  to host a thematic visit made...
2016, 30 June
During the past week two reports were issued by the European Commission (EC) or to the attention of the EC, in which the ROMED and ROMACT joint programmes are highlighted as initiatives of importance for the capacity building and cooperation with communities and local authorities.   On 27 June 2016, the EC issued a Communication to the other EU institutions on the assessment of the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies. It reports on the overall conclusions regarding...
2016, 27 May
Seeking different ways to work towards the institutionalisation and employability of Roma mediators, aimed by the ROMED1 Programme – “Intercultural mediation for Roma communities”, in 2015 the Ukrainian ROMED National Support Team proposed to conduct express, advanced courses on Mediation in Roma communities for social workers and local authorities starting with May and until July 2015. Over 150 people were trained and received certificates upon completion of the express...
2016, 11 May
The 127-page ROMED1 Trainer's handbook is based on five years of implementation of the Council of Europe and European Commission (DG EAC) joint programme “ROMED1 – Intercultural mediation for Roma communities”. It comprises 26 modules and 24 handouts used in two training sessions of 3 to 4 days and a 6 months' practice period in between the two sessions.   To achieve integration and social cohesion, mediation is essential to bridge gaps between Roma...
2016, 21 April
via CEU Summer University - Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique In cooperation with Open Society Foundations Public Health Program, Council of Europe and Roma Education Fund The Summer School will focus on the nexus between Romani studies and performance, with special attention paid to questions of visual culture and representation. The disquiet around increasing violence against and marginalization of Roma across Europe lends this course a special urgency. The course...
2016, 19 April
The ROMED2 Programme was initiated in Portugal in March 2014, after the implementation of ROMED1 where 30 mediators were trained and certified based on the ROMED1 methodology. Out of the 9 municipalities initially selected, 7 function according to the ROMED2 methodology of Democratic governance through community participation: Community Action Groups made up of Roma citizens were created and trained on topics such as "Reflection on Local Decision Making Processes", " Citizens...
2016, 15 April
The International Roma Day was declared in honour of the First World Romani Congress, which took place 45 years ago in April 1971 in Orpington, near London, and where the design of the Romani flag and the lyrics and music of the Romani anthem were adopted. This day is an opportunity to celebrate the Roma – Europe’s largest ethnic minority group. It is also a time to reflect on the discrimination and challenges millions of Roma continue to face in their daily lives in areas including...

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