Workshop on mainstreaming policies on Roma integration in Kosovo*
During 2019, the RCC Roma Integration Action Team conducted six analyses of mainstream policies targeting Roma integration in the Western Balkans in order to provide input for constructive and evidence-based discussion on effective ways to incorporate Roma integration into the mainstream policies. The purpose of the six analyses was to provide an overview of where it is possible to mainstream Roma integration in governmental/ministerial policies, programmes, projects and interventions. Where information was available, the analyses also covered possibilities to mainstream Roma integration in ongoing/foreseen relevant policy reforms. For this purpose, six national analyses were provided by consultants, covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
In order to have an accurate follow up of mainstreaming Roma policies into the existing policies, RCC Roma Integration Action Team plans to organize a half day workshop with the involved stakeholders from the ministries institutions and in the six economies where the analyses were done. The aim of the workshop is to briefly discuss the possibilities of involving Roma related policies into the listed regulations, laws, sectoral strategies according to the findings and recommendations as well as to equip the participants with capacities for better mainstreaming of the policies targeting Roma into existing policies in their economies. In addition, the conclusion from the workshops will be incorporated to the regional overview of mainstream policies targeting Roma integration in the Western Balkans, currently conducted by the RCC Roma Integration Action Team, planned to be presented on a high level event in Prague during April 2020.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.