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The RCC’s RI2020 marks 2 August – Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Belgrade – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team marks 2 August, the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, also known as the Pharrajimos. “It is our obligation not only to adequately acknowledge Romani Genocide in the World War II and the past ...


High level of discrimination in the labour market against Roma in the South East Europe region

Brussels – Roma and other minorities in the South East Europe region continue to suffer from unacceptably high levels of discrimination in the labour market, revealed results of 2018 edition of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Balkan Barometer (BB), an annual survey of citizens ...


Second Meeting of the Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting

Bucharest – The second meeting of the Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020), took place in Bucharest today.


Thrid National Platform on Roma Integration in Serbia (Belgrade, 2018)

Belgrade – National Platform on Roma integration in Serbia, providing wide public dialogue with the relevant institutions and civil society and others concerned with the issue of Roma integration, at the same time ensuring transparency of the Roma related policy, participation in decision ...


Second National Platform Meeting on Roma Integration in Albania (Tirana, 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 Conference: Holistic Approach to Housing of Roma in the Enlargement Region (Bar, 2018)

Bar – A two day conference “Holistic Approach to Housing for Roma in the Enlargement Region”, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Action Team, started in Bar today.


Third National Platform meeting on Roma Integration in Montenegro (Podgorica, 2018)

Podgorica – The third National Platform meeting on Roma Integration in Montenegro for 2018, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council(RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Action Team in close cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro, took place on ...


Bojadjieva: Local level implementation of the regional standards agreed within the RI 2020 may be ensured through the ROMACTED project

Official start of the the Joint Council of Europe and the European Union Programme, ROMACTED: Promoting Good Governance and Roma Empowerment at Local Level, was marked in Belgrade on 29 May 2018, by signing of the Protocol of Cooperation between the Ministry of Construction, Transport and ...


For improvement of socio-economic position of Roma fight against anti-Gypsyism and discrimination is a must

Belgrade – RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Policy Expert Aleksandra Bojadjieva spoke today at the presentation of the report “Wall of Anti-Gypsism – Roma in Serbia”, one of five from the series “The Wall on Anti-Gypsyism – Reports on Roma Rights in the Western Balkans”, organized ...


Interview of RI2020 Action Team Leader Orhan Usein for Blic: Shorter life expectancy, unemployment and discrimination are the biggest problems for Roma in Serbia and the region

Serbian news portal Blic published an interview with the Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Action Team Leader Orhan Usein. Usein spoke about the overall situation of Roma population in the region and RI2020 activities and achievements. The entire interview is available below. 


First meeting of the Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting

Vienna – The RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting, consisting of the RI2020 Action Team, independent budget experts, National Roma Contacts Points (NRCP) and representatives of Ministries of Finances from ...


Roma Integration 2020 Newsletter Nr. 2

Dear Reader, Welcome to the second issue of the Roma Integration 2020 Newsletter. At the beginning, we would like to congratulate you the International Roma Day, 8 April and EU Roma Week. This date is dedicated to the celebration of Romani culture, history and heritage, but it ...


National Roma Contact Points join the EU Roma Week in Brussels

Brussels - National Roma Contact Points from each of the economy participating at the Regional Cooperation Council’s Roma Integration 2020 project, joined the third EU Roma Week – a  series of events providing recommendations on combating anti-Gypsyism and continued structural discrimination ...


RCC and its RI2020 congratulate the International Roma Day

Sarajevo, Belgrade – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and its Roma Integration 2020 Action Team congratulate the International Roma Day, being marked today.  8 April is dedicated to the celebration of Romani culture, history, heritage and experiences. It is also used to pursue ...


Synergy of the Roma Integration 2020 Project and ROMACTED Programme

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team Leader, Orhan Usein is participating at the launching event of the ROMACTED Programme “Promoting Good Governance and Roma Empowerment at Local Level”, organized by the Council of Europe and Delegation ...


Roma Largely Excluded from Mainstream Measures for Poverty Reduction

Prishtina – Roma Integration 2020 Action Team Leader, Orhan Usein is one of the key note speakers to open the Seminar on Policy Commitments and Inclusion of Roma and Ashkali Communities in Kosovo* Society, organised by the Office of the Prime Minister in cooperation with the European Commission ...


Regional Workshop: Addressing Discrimination and Anti-Gypsyism in the Enlargement Region (Berlin, 2018)

Berlin – A two-day workshop addressing discrimination and anti-Gypsyism in the enlargement region, organized under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) project, opened in Berlin today. The main objective of the workshop, gathering more ...


Integral Approach to Housing and Employment Considered as Essential in Achieving Sustainable Roma Integration

Sarajevo - “Sustainable and long-term integration of Roma is possible only through ensuring an integral approach to housing and employment measures”, said Regional Cooperation Council's Roma Integration 2020 Action Team Leader, Orhan Usein, at the opening of the Seminar on Roma Inclusion ...


Regional Conference: Filling in the Budget Gaps in Roma Integration Policies (Tirana, 2017)

The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Action Team organized a regional conference on 10 November in Tirana to address the needs and priorities in the Western Balkans and Turkey concerning filling in the budget gaps in Roma Integration Policies, with a specific ...


Key Note at the Regional Conference "Security of Romani Women in the Western Balkans"

Ms Aleksandra Bojadjieva, Policy Expert of the Regional Cooperation Council’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team, participated at the regional conference “Security of Romani Women in the Western Balkans” organized by Care International in Belgrade on 25 October 2017. Ms Bojadjieva ...


Roma Integration 2020 Action Team Leader Key Note Speech at the Roma Seminar in Serbia

Regional Cooperation Council's Roma Integration 2020 Action Team Leader, Mr Orhan Usein, had a key note speech at the opening of the 2017 Roma Seminar in Serbia organized by the Government of Serbia and the European Commission. The Roma Seminars are biannual meeting between the enlargement ...


Second National Plaform on Roma Integration in Kosovo* (Prishtina, 2017)

The Second National Plaform meeting was held in Pristina on 17 October 2017. It was jointly organized by the Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Project and the Office for Good Governance (OGG) of the Office of the Prime Minister.


RCC’s Balkan Barometer 2017: Unemployment remains the chief concern, while anxiety over corruption grows

Brussels – The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) presented in Brussels today the 2017 edition of the Balkan Barometer (BB), an annual survey of citizens and business communities’ opinion on the situation in the region.


Second National Platform on Roma Integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, 2017)

Sarajevo - The National Platform on Roma issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina was organized by the Regional Cooperation Council’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team as part of the second cycle of this regular activity within the project, implemented in each of the participating economies. The ...


Second Task Force meeting: Budgeting in the region to be improved to reflect measures for integration of Roma

Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 Action Team (RI2020) is given the mandate to work with the governments on developing regional standards for budgeting Roma Integration policies and mainstream budgeting responsible to Roma integration, at the RI2020 Task Force meeting ...


RCC's Roma Integration 2020 Policy Expert participates at the OSCE HDIM 2017

Ms Aleksandra Bojadjieva, Policy Expert at the Regional Cooperation Council’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team, participated at Working session 10: Tolerance and Non-Discrimination I. The session focused on the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, particularly Roma and Sinti ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Turkey (Ankara, 2017)

The first national platform meeting in Turkey was held on 13 September 2017 in Ankara, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration 2020 Action Team in close cooperation with the National Roma Contact Point of Turkey, Mr Emre Ertekin, Social Policy Expert at the Family and ...


Second National Platform on Roma Integration in Montenegro (Podgorica, 2017)

The second National Platform on Roma Integration for 2017 in Montenegro was held on 05 July 2017 in Podgorica, Montenegro by the Regional Cooperation Council’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team in close cooperation with the National Roma Contact Point of Montenegro, Mr Leon Gjokaj, General ...


National Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration in Montenegro

 The replication of the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 regional workshop on budgeting public funds for the integration of Roma in the Montenegro was held in Sutomore on 03-04 July 2017. Public servants from relevant ministries implementing the Roma integration Strategy of Montenegro ...


Regional Monitoring Standards promoted at the Roma women regional network

Within the workshop for Romani women civil society activists aimed at building their knowledge and capacities regarding the EU integration processes and the Roma integration within the process organized as part of the regional project “For Active Inclusion & Rights of Roma Women ...


Second National Platform on Roma Integration in Serbia (Belgrade, 2017)

The second National Platform on Roma Integration was held in Serbia today, 13 June 2017, in the main Government building. The representatives of the institutions presented the 2016 annual report on the implementation of the Roma integration policy in Serbia, followed by the civil society view ...


National Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration in Serbia

The replication of the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 regional workshop on budgeting public funds for the integration of Roma in the Republic of Serbia started today in Arangelovac. Public servants from relevant ministries implementing the Roma Integration Strategy of Serbia participated in ...


Streamlining Roma issues in the regional discourse on discrimination at work and in employment

Discrimination at work and in employment affects human dignity and restricts human rights and freedoms. Responsible institutions must respond properly to this phenomenon. This was the key message from the opening of the regional conference “Discrimination at work and in employment” ...


National Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration in Albania

This workshop is a replication of RCCs Roma Integration 2020 regional workshop on budgeting public funds for the integration of Roma. Public servants from relevant ministries implementing the Roma Integration Strategy of Albania participated in the one day workshop on budgeting activities that ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Albania (Tirana, 2017)

Tirana – A two-day National Platform on Roma Integration, discussing the implementation of the National Action Plan for Integration of Roma and Egyptians 2016-2020, opened in Tirana, Albania today. The Platform, focusing on the five main priorities - education, employment, social protection, ...


Roma Integration 2020 Newsletter Nr. 1

Welcome to the first issue of the Roma Integration 2020 project newsletter. From the beginning of the project we have focused on achieving the expected project results in effective, efficient and quality manner. It is time to start regularly updating you on these achievements.  Roma ...


RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 project at Roma week 2017 in Brussels

Orhan Usein, Leader of Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Action Team presented the work and goals of the RI2020 working on Roma Integration issues in the Western Balkans and Turkey, within the Roma week 2017, taking place in Brussels.


Regional Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration Policies (Skopje, 2017)

A two-day regional workshop on budgeting for Roma integration policies, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 project (RI2020), took place in Skopje on 20-21 March 2017. The Workshop participants discussed public financing and budgeting allocations ...


Regional Workshop: Monitoring and Reporting on Roma Integration (Vienna, 2016)

The regional workshop on monitoring and reporting, organised by Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) Action Team of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), started in Vienna today. It will provide the participants with the necessary skills for data collection, use of monitoring indicators and reporting ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Montenegro (Podgorica, 2016)

Podgorica – The 2016 cycle of the Public Dialogue Forums on implementation and priority measures on Roma issues, that took place throughout the region in the past few months, concluded with the Forum in Podgorica today. The events have been organised by the Regional Cooperation Council’s ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Skopje, 2016)

Skopje - Public Dialogue Forum on Roma Integration titled “Rules of Procedure of The National Coordination Body, The Roma Information Centres, and The Roma Health Mediators” began in Skopje. The two-day event is organised by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Kosovo* (Prishtina, 2016)

Pristina - Under the framework of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Project Roma Integration 2020, the first Policy Dialogue Forum, jointly organized with the Office for Good Governance of the Office of the Prime Minister, was held in Pristina today.  


RCC participation at the event “Which steps towards European policies against anti-Gypsyism”

Ms Aleksandra BOJADJIEVA, Policy Expert of the Regional Cooperation Council’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team, participated at the event titled ‘Which steps towards European policies against anti-Gypsyism?.’ The event was held on 15 November 2016 in Brussels, and was organized by ...


First Task Force meeting: Regional standards for reporting on progress, outcomes and budget for Roma integration

The Roma Integration 2020 Action Team organized the first Task Force meeting of the Roma Integration 2020 project. The Task Force, which is composed of the National Roma Contact Points from the participating economies, two civil society representatives, the European Commission DG NEAR, ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, 2016)

Sarajevo, 7 November 2016 – Bosnia and Herzegovina works on finalisation of the Action Plan on Roma for 2017-2020 at the public dialogue forum organised by the Roma Integration 2020 project of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Serbia (Belgrade, 2016)

Sarajevo/Belgrade - The Roma Integration 2020 project of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) presented its activities assisting the Government in the implementation of the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma 2016-2025 at the public hearing organised in cooperation with the Committee ...


High Level Launch Event: Before accession, countries will need to prove tangible progress on Roma inclusion

Brussels - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the European Commission (EC) jointly launched the “Roma Integration 2020” initiative today in Brussels. The event brought together Roma integration policy leaders from the Western Balkans and Turkey, ...


* 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.