The East-West Cooperation on Cities for Roma Inclusion project aims to improve integration of European Roma into mainstream societies, their access to education, employment and housing by increasing the level of understanding and capacity of local authorities to deliver improved services and equal treatment of Roma.
The project addresses the need to exchange know-how, expertise, techniques and good practices between local authorities at transnational level on how to best implement concrete local actions to promote social inclusion and integration of Roma. The final goal is to design transnational locally-based beneficial programs for Roma inclusion that will be eligible for further funding by the European Union and other funds.
Set against the context of increased migration of Roma communities from East to West European countries, the project will build the capacity of municipalities to develop inclusive services, non-discrimination strategies and action plans for Roma inclusion, and focus on integrating Roma into mainstream education, employment, health-care and housing. The programme aims at establishing cooperation between the cities from the EROCITIES Roma Task Force and cities from the MERI (Mayors Making the Most of EU Funds) municipal platform to build a strategic framework of cooperation between West and East European cities on Roma inclusion.
MERI members: Mihalvoce (SLO), Arad, Alba Iulia, Buzau, Resita, Satu Mare (RO), Kotel, Razgrad, Sevlievo, Vetovo, Omurtag Pazardzhik (BU)
• Local Governance (participatory inclusion strategies, action plans, open governance and transparency, partnership building inclusive budget hearings improved management of services, monitoring and evaluation)
• Capacity building for local institutions (mentoring and technical assistance, information sharing and learning, know how on transfer of good practices, empowering leadership and management skills, confidence building)
• Inclusive and non-discriminatory local service provision for employment, health, education, housing (e.g. social procurement, outreach to Roma through Roma mediators, NGOs, social workers, budgeting for inclusion, equality in service delivery)
o Social enterprises as a means of job creation and access to employment for Roma; mentality change and Roma integration into mainst)ream communities
o Children and youth - Prevention of early school leaving, access to good quality education, access to labour markets, involvement of families in education and community life
o Desegregated housing as a basic right of Roma, linkages to education and employment
• Creation of transnational networks (exchange of practice, experience, information, leveraging European funds for local inclusion)
Ø Exchange Clusters leading to pilot projects on selected themes: Employment, Children and Education, Awareness-raising
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Ø Project proposals – for EEA/Norway grants, next EU programming period, structural funds
This initiative is supported under the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (2007-2013). This programme was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as set out in the Social Agenda.