Second National Platform Meeting on Roma Integration in Albania (Tirana, 2018)
- 11 Jun 2018
Tirana - The second National Platform Meeting on Roma Integration in Albania, aimed at reviewing the status of implementation of National Action Plan for Integration of Roma and Egyptians for the period from 2016 to 2020, took place in Tirana today. The meeting is organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI 2020) Action Team, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Albania.
The meeting was opened by Merita Xhafaj, General Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Albania and National Roma Contact Point, Alessandro Anguis from the EU Delegation to Albania, Adriatik Hasantari, Executive Director of the organisation Roma Active Albania and Elvana Gadeshi, RI 2020 consultant, who all acknowledged the significance of National Platform Meetings for opening of the policy proces to all relevant stakeholders and RI 2020 support in coordination, consultation, implementation, monitoring and reporting on Roma issue. Gadeshi also proposed ways in which the process of annual reporting could be advanced in the upcoming period.
After the presentation of the draft Report on the implementation of the Albanian Roma and Egiptians Integration National Action Plan for 2017, reflection on the implementation were shared, followed by presentations and discussions per each of the five integration priority areas – education, employment, social protection, housing and health. All relevant results and inputs collected at the meeting will be portrayed in a policy brief, to be subsequently produced to this event.
The meeting brought together round 60 representatives from Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, Ministry of Finance, as well as representatives of civil society, municipalities and academia.
Its objective was to map the achievements and challenges in implementation of the National Action Plan for Integration of Roma and Egyptians in the period from 2016 to 2020 in Albania, share the most sifnificant issues recognized during 2017 and potential approaches to solving them, and to improve coordination between different line ministries dealing with the integration of Roma, aligning it with the requirements of the EU accession process.