Each participating economy has designated a National Roma Contact Point (NRCP) - relevant high level officialresponsible for the overall coordination of Roma integration policies - according to the European Commission proposed Terms of Reference. The project assists the participating economies to establish and maintain an inter-disciplinary body consisted of public officials responsible for education, employment, health, housing, civil registration, finances, statistics and other relevant areas, as well as representatives of the Roma community. These bodies meet regularly to coordinate, monitor and steer the Roma integration policies. The project Action Team and the EU Delegation representatives attend these meetings.
Country specific consultative meetings and capacity building trainings are regularly organized by the NRCPs and the Action Team with the inter-disciplinary body and other relevant stakeholders on Roma issues. They are used to discuss Roma integration policies, provide policy advice and training to the participating economies. Trainings may be delivered by relevant professionals, depending on the needs. Topics may include development of specific measures, drafting specific policy documents, mainstreaming Roma targeted measures into general policies, specific budgeting including assistance for fundraising actions, planning outreach to potential Roma beneficiaries within specific mainstream or targeted measures, and similar.
The Roma Integration 2020 monitors the policies for integration of Roma in each participating economy. Based on the monitoring, specific issues of concern or challenges are identified. Relevant policy recommendations are then prepared per specific economy or at regional level to assist in mitigating the issues of concern or challenges. Policy recommendation papers may result from the project activities, such as public dialogue forums or regional workshops. Recommendations are submitted to relevant participating economies and are discussed thoroughly with a view for their application in practice.
The project assists participating economies to organize annual discussions on Roma integration policies involving relevant public officials, local level officials, Roma civil society and other relevant stakeholders. These forums are designated to review progress by presenting governments’ and civil society’s monitoring reports. Conflicting findings are particularly discussed with a view to identify appropriate solutions. The forums are also used to prioritize measures, provide input to the policy planning, assist with the appropriate budgeting and mainstream Roma issues in relevant policies. Certain specific issues of concern related to Roma integration may also be discussed.
The Roma Integration 2020 project is providing an opportunity to discuss regionally relevant issues and jointly develop policy directions applicable to all the participating economies. The regional workshops are used to elaborate particular policy aspects, to build the capacities of relevant public officials and civil society representatives to apply promising practices, and to exchange experiences in tackling Roma issues. The topics of the regional workshops are agreed by the Task Force of the project to ensure relevance to the context at regional level. The project engages experts on the topic to provide more comprehensive overview of the theory and practice.