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03 Mar 2017

Coordination Body for Monitoring of the Implementation of the Strategy for Roma Inclusion Established Today by the Government of Serbia

The Government of the Republic of Serbia decided today on the establishment of the Coordination Body for monitoring of the implementation of the Strategy for Inclusion of Roma Men and Women in Republic of Serbia for the Period 2016-2025. The Coordination Body is led by Prof. Dr. Zorana Mihajlovic, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia. Its mandate is to coordinate the work of all public state and local actors implementing the Strategy, to consider all the issues related to the implementation of the Strategy and the situation of Roma, to promote inter-sectoral coordination and to issue recommendations and proposals for the implementation of the Strategy and for the improvement of the situation of Roma. The Coordination Body reports to the Government on its work each 90 days.
Besides Ms Mihajlovic, members of the Coordination Body are the Ministers of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, of Education, Science and Technological Development, of Health, of Finance, of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, of Justice, as well as the Secretary General of the Government, the Chief Negotiator for Serbia's Negotiations with the EU, the Director of the Office for European Integration, the Manager of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit, the Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights, the President of the Council for Advancement of the Situation of Roma and the Implementation of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, the Adviser of the Minister without Portfolio for European Integration, and, in the position of secretary of the Coordination Body, the Vice President of the National Council for the Roma National Minority.
The same Government's decision also establishes an Expert Group of the Coordination Body, comprised of public officials from the aforementioned Ministries and other state bodies, as well as representatives of the National Council of the Roma National Minority responsible for the relevant priority areas, and representatives of the Permanent Conference of Towns and Municipalities, Permanent Conference of Roma Associations of Citizens and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Expert Group provides expert support to the Coordination Body following its guidance, meets once per month, assesses the situation of Roma and identifies solutions to challenges.