IMPRESSIONS OF MUNICIPALITY STAFF AND STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT ROMED IN PORTUGAL (EXCERPTS FROM THE “EXPERIENCING ROMED” DOCUMENTARY)
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“ROMED made some significant changes in the relationship between the Roma community, the society and the municipality. The ROMED Programme gives a very distinctive role to Roma participants in comparison to the former role attributed to Roma people. The programme encourages the Community Action Group to make an accurate diagnosis of the community situation and to present very precise proposals, demanding a serious commitment from the participants in order to implement them.
I think the programme introduces a change in the way the Roma community relates to the rest of society and to the various public institutions”,
Ana Umbelino, Torres Vedras, Municipal Counsellor for Social Affairs
"The ROMED programme gives us another approach, since the group, the CAG, is a different group from those with whom the municipality was used to working in its everyday practice. And therefore the action group was, let's say, a surprise. This group being so young, being a group with different requests, with different aspirations, they show a very big will for change. Therefore, it is also a relief for us, in the sense that it was an encouragement for another kind of intervention”,
Anabela Soares, Seixal, Municipal Council, Social Affairs Department
“Our decision to participate in the ROMED Programme was a sure bet. […] So, we are here to continue our collaboration with you. That is what we want”
Antonio Tavares Figueira da Foz, Municipality Vice-President addressing the ROMED National Support Team in Portugal during a national event.
“For us, this programme, ROMED, was of extreme importance. We had already done some work with the community, but we felt that it was important to bring the community together for this project, creating this large group where they identify the problems, try to propose solutions and then link with the institutions. In the end this is true active citizenship, because it is not enough to say "We want, we have the right". We have rights and we have duties. And I do think that this work in this sense was very rewarding. To sit down with the community, to debate with them, we listen to their concerns, and the most interesting in our project was that the community did not even think of itself as individuals, but they thought in a broader sense of the overall community”
Armandina Saleiro, Barcelos, Municipal Counsellor for Social Affairs