On the 6th of July 2011, "the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou signed the first of two funding agreements, which will see the EU give €1 million Euros to the Council of Europe to help train 1000 mediators.
The deal is a financial boost to the Roma Mediator Training Programme (Romed) launched earlier this year by the Council of Europe. So far, 427 mediators have been trained."
Roma Health Mediators, Serbia
Directed by Milutin Jovanovic
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The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, has presented a report to the Committee of Ministers in Istanbul, Turkey, in which he has outlined what measures are being taken to help Roma people. Trained Roma Mediators are being sent to 15 European states to help Roma people with education, health and employment issues.
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via OSCE Mission in Bosnia
Interview of Samir Arnaut, Human Rights Officer, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Importance of Inclusion of Roma Mediators in the work of Social Welfare Centers (Bosnian only).
via Human Rights Europe Channel
On the first day of the Council of Europe's Roma mediators training programme, Ana Oprisan, 35, a Romanian living in Istanbul, Turkey, talks about the project, her experience and her expectation