Documents

Regional Methodology on Mapping of Roma Housing
Regional Publications | 13 JAN 2020

The methodology is used to map the settlements with Roma population in need of housing improvement. It provides for collecting the existing relevant data from local and other institutions and the Roma community. By implementing the methodology, geographic data are provided on each Roma settlement, along with basic information on the level of development of the settlement, such as existence and quality of infrastructure, predominant material used for building of the housing units, legal status of the housing units, etc. The piloting of the methodology has a two-fold purpose: 1) to provide the data for two municipalities, that would be used afterwards as evidence for policy making; 2) to build the local capacities and encourage a process of full coverage with the housing mapping. The mapping is a part of a larger process that starts by gathering evidence and may continue to cover the whole economy. It should feed into the decision making processes, and particularly the decision on legalisation of the individual houses, as well as on renovating the housing.



 


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Declaration of Western Balkans Partners on Roma Integration within the EU Enlargement Process
Regional Publications | 11 JUL 2019

Declaration of Western Balkans Partners on Roma Integration within the EU Enlargement Process was adopted within the Berlin Process in July 2019. This is the first time that leaders of Western Balkan societies have set clear goals that their governments intend to achieve by their EU accession. By adopting the Declaration, the economies committed themselves to continue and further enhance efforts to achieve equality and full integration of the Roma, as part of regional cooperation and the accession process to the European Union. The Declaration foresees the achievement of specifically defined objectives in the areas of employment, education, housing, health care, documentation and combating discrimination. It also envisages the adoption of regional public budgeting standards related to Roma integration, and the establishment of official channels and mechanisms for joint involvement of local governments and Roma communities in policy formulation, as well as adequate mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of policies related to Roma integration.

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Monograph
Regional Publications | 09 FEB 2019

This Monograph summarizes the main activities and achievements that the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) project has actively set in its first phase of implementation. RI2020, by virtue of its mission to facilitate effective implementation, build capacities and establish robust monitoring mechanisms effectively mirrors the EU Framework for the region. Towards these ends, RI2020 provided technical assistance to governments to integrate Roma specific issues into mainstream policy and budgeting; established a Task Force comprised of National Roma Contact Points and civil society representatives; adopted regional standards for Roma integration policies; developed Roma integration monitoring and reporting standards and template that have been adopted by all the participating economies across the region. RI2020 has also delivered vital trainings for public officials from the priority policy areas and the offices of finance and statistics on monitoring and reporting on Roma integration; provided technical and expert assistance to assist governments to formulate and budget for action plans to implement integration policies; and organized high-level public discussions in each participating economy, and regional events to address the most pressing obstacles to effective policy making on Roma inclusion. All details are entailed in this monograph. 

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Guidelines for Roma Responsive Budgeting
Regional Publications | 29 JAN 2019

The Guidelines for Roma Responsive Budgeting resulted from the work of the Intergovernmental Working Group for Roma Responsive Budgeting supported by the Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration 2020 Action Team. Applying these Guidelines will ensure that the governments of the Western Balkans incorporate and deliver specific Roma integration goals in their mainstream policy developments by establishing a link between these goals and public budgets, which is required for efficient integration of Roma. 

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Potentials for Roma Employment in the Enlargement Region
Regional Publications | 04 JAN 2019

This analysis of the employment policies towards Roma in the enlargement region served as an input to the Regional Conference “Innovative Approaches to Employment of Roma”, held in Budapest on 10 and 11 December 2018. Besides the analysis of the employment aspect of the existing Roma integration policies, this report contains the contributions, conclusions, and recommendations discussed at the conference.

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Report: Targeting Roma in Housing Policies of the Western Balkans - A legal overview
Regional Publications | 09 OCT 2018

This publication in based on the results of the RCC's Roma Integration 2020 Regional Conference "Holistic Approach to Housing of Roma in the Enlargement Region", organized in May 2018, and the comparative legal analysis of housing legislation in the Western Balkans Region, with the purpose to encourage urgent action and prioritisation of housing for Roma in government policies in the region.

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Recommendations on Improving Roma Targeting in the Housing Policies of the Western Balkans
Regional Publications | 09 OCT 2018

This brochure depicts the recommendations resulting from the Regional conference on ‘Holistic Approach to Housing of Roma in the Enlargement Region’ in May 2018, gathering more than 80 government officials in charge of Roma Integration from the Western Balkans and Turkey and other relevant stakeholders.

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Report from the Regional Conference Holistic Approach to Housing of Roma in the Enlargement Region (Bar, 2018)
Regional Publications | 01 JUN 2018

A two day conference “Holistic Approach to Housing for Roma in the Enlargement Region”, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Action Team was held in Bar on 31 May and 1 June 2018. The first part of this report presents the conference's aim and background, followed by the overview of conference delivery. The report concludes with a list of the main conclusions, including recommendations and challenges identified.

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Report from the Regional Workshop Addressing Discrimination and Anti-Gypsyism in the Enlargement Region (Berlin, 2018)
Regional Publications | 14 FEB 2018

A two-day workshop addressing discrimination and anti-Gypsyism in the enlargement region, organized under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) project was held in Berlin on 13 and 14 2018. This report first presents the conference aim and background, followed by an overview of its delivery. The report concludes with a list of the main conclusions, including recommendations and challenges identified.

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Report from the Regional Conference Filling in the Budget Gaps in Roma Integration Policies (Tirana, 2017)
Regional Publications | 10 NOV 2017

The Regional Conference “Filling in the Budget Gaps in Roma Integration Policies” was organized in Tirana, Albania for the representatives of the governments from the Western Balkans and Turkey, bilateral and multilateral donors, international financial institutions and Roma civil society organizations. The conference was held on November 10th, 2017 and was attended by over 80 participants. This report provides discussion highlights and final conclusions and recommendations.

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Report from the Regional Workshop Public Budgeting for Roma Integration Policies (Skopje, 2017)
Regional Publications | 20 MAR 2017

The Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration 2020 Action Team organized a two day regional workshop on “Budgeting for Roma Integration Policies” on 20 and 21 March 2017 in Skopje. This report presents an overview of the presentations and discussions that took place during the workshop. It also provides a regional overview of the main challenges faced when budgeting for
Roma integration policies, as well as country specific recommendations and next steps to be
undertaken in the forthcoming period. 

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Report from the Regional Workshop on Monitoring and Reporting on Roma Integration (Vienna, 2016)
Regional Publications | 13 DEC 2016

The Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration 2020 Action Team organized a regional workshop on Monitoring and Reporting on Roma Integration Policy within the framework of the Roma Integration 2020 project on 12-13 December 2016 in Vienna, Austria. This report provides detailed conclusions, recommendations and guidelines regarding the preparation of the reports on annual implementation of Roma integration public policies in the participating economies.

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