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2015, 15 September
UPDATE 23/09/2015 - The deadline for the submission of tenders was extended to 5 October 2015 at 0h00 CET. The ROMED and ROMACT Programmes are launching a common call for tenders for the hosting, development, design and maintenance of the two websites http://coe-romact.org and http://coe-romed.org. Bidders are invited to present their offers in accordance with the requirements set out in the documents attached. The deadline for submission of bids is 27 September 2015 at 0h00 CET by post and by...
2015, 20 June
In January 2015, ACM – the High Commissariat for Migration in Portugal published an evaluation report under the title “Roma Municipal Mediator Project – Experimental Project Evaluation Results”. The Municipal Mediator Project (MMP) was launched in 2009 in 15 municipalities with the purpose of “placing Municipal Mediators in municipal council departments or initiatives promoted thereby, as part of an on-the-job training programme”, with the principal objective...
2015, 12 June
Some 20 Roma living in Valea Seaca, a commune of about 3,000 inhabitants in Eastern Romania, are facing constant administrative difficulties as they were not registered at birth, lack ID documents and therefore do not “exist” administratively. Ionela Ciobanu, for example, is a Roma woman who had lived for over 30 years without an ID card. As a direct consequence, her three children could not attend school and she could not qualify for any assistance from the State. Thanks to the...
2015, 5 June
The Community Action Group formed through the ROMED2 Programme in Giulesti (Bucharest 6th sector) was involved in the organization of an informal Roma women’s meeting at the Roma Culture Museum on 30 May 2015 - a round of exchanges with other initiative groups from Ferentari, Mizil, Spantov, Valea Seaca and Giurgiu. The purpose of the event? The need to bring together the different experiences of the initiatives taken by Roma women. The event was part of the project “Phenja –...
Food collection organised by the CAG and the Philadelphia Evangelical Church. Copyrights: Torres Vedras Municipality
2015, 1 June
Last week in Torres Vedras, 430 essential food products were delivered to the Social Center and Parish of Torres Vedras.  This donation comes as a result of the collection made within Roma families, on the initiative of the Community Action Group (CAG) of Torres Vedras, in partnership with the Philadelphia Evangelical Church. The recipient organization was chosen based on the public it targets: children, youth, adults and seniors. Ms Umbelino, Municipal Councillor responsible for social...
2015, 27 May
EN/FR On 27 May 2015 the 9th Meeting of the Ad-Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM) will start in Strasbourg, where over 120 participants confirmed attendance, including national experts from 41 member States, different CoE bodies, and representatives from EU Institutions, International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations. On that occasion, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe will address the inter-governmental committee dealing with Roma issues to exchange...
Study visit of a Turkish delegation in Bulgaria
2015, 6 May
Between the 4th and the 5th of May, a Turkish delegation comprising representatives from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and of two NGOs working in the field of Roma rights, Sıfır Ayrımcılık Derneği [Zero Discrimination Association] and Sosyal Değişim Derneği [Association for Social Change] visited a number of locations of ROMED2/ROMACT in Bulgaria in order to get acquainted with the different models of Roma social inclusion interventions. The ROMED2/ROMACT National Support Team...
2015, 21 April
Beginning of April 2015, the National Support Team for ROMED in Greece organised the last session of Training of Mediators in the  3rd cycle of ROMED1 Programme in Greece. By the end of the training 25 participants received certificates as proof of the completion of the training, while the first day of the training was attended by representatives of six different ministries including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection....
@Copyright Clementine Trolong-Bailly
2015, 13 April
Український / FRENCH / ENGLISH Illegal and insalubrious settlements of Roma who do not speak the local language and encounter harsh barriers in finding employment: these are the common grounds on which the municipality of Strasbourg and the administration of Darnitsa in Kiev met to learn from each other's experiences. While authorities in Strasbourg  have been dealing with these issues since 2008 and are now starting to see results, the war in Ukraine...
2015, 8 April
On 8th of April the world celebrates the International Roma Day, and within the ROMED Programme, local authorities, Community Action Groups and the National Support teams are mobilised to make the best of this day. In Portugal, the Community Action Group (CAG) from Elvas is organising a Multicultural Solidarity Festival, to celebrate the International Roma Day. The event will take place on the 11th of April and it will be organised by Silaba Dinamica NGO (an association created by the CAG...

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