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Tirana Hosted Ministerial Meeting on Roma Integration
27 Oct 2020

Tirana – “Roma integration should not be a matter of empathy for a vulnerable group, but it’s a matter of principle of treating equally all the citizens in the Western Balkans. We are glad that our initiative to boost human capital development within Connectivity Agenda of ...


Fourth National Platform on Roma Integration in Albania
29 Sep 2020

The fourth National Platform on Roma Integration in Albania, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration Action Team, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection was held on 29th September 2020.


Fourth Task Force Meeting: Housing is essential to one's sense of dignity, safety, and inclusion
13 Dec 2019

The RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 project held its fourth Task Force meeting in Belgrade on 12 and 13 December 2019. The key stakeholders of the project reviewed the status of activities in the seven participating economies, discussed the status of implementation of the Declaration of the ...


National Platform on Roma Integration helps government and partners to set clear guidelines for Roma integration
18 Sep 2019

National Platform for Roma Integration held its forth meeting in Serbia, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 and National Roma Contact Point. The idea of this annual meeting is to present the achievements and to discuss specific issues in order ...


Only integrative approach could ensure effective Roma integration
16 Sep 2019

The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 and the National Roma Contact Point of the Bosnia and Herzegovina organized the forth National Platform for Roma Integration in Sarajevo.  This meeting presents the annual progress report of the government and propose ...


Development of most effective policies for housing and employment of Roma in the Republic of North Macedonia is essential
11 Sep 2019

The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 and the National Roma Contact Point of the Republic of North Macedonia organized the third National Platform for Roma Integration in Skopje, an annual meeting to present the progress, identify achievements and challenges, ...


National Platform– nationwide dialogue about Roma integration policies
06 Sep 2019

The Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration Project, together with the National Roma Contact Point, held a fourth National Platform on Roma Integration which offered a new approach towards improvement of the employment and housing policies for Roma and Ashkali. The National ...


Roma Declaration – A new Energy for Regional Cooperation
03 Jul 2019

  The Ministers of economy, interior and foreign affairs of the economies participating in the Berlin Process will meet in Poznan on 4 and 5 July 2019. The Summit will also be attended by representatives of the European Commission (EC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation ...


The path of young Roma from education to employment discussed at the Regional Seminar
19 Jun 2019

  Western Balkans Regional Seminar “Roma youth: from Education to Employment” held in Skopje on 19 June was organized by the Roma Education Fund to discuss two key and inseparable elements for effective Roma integration: education and employment. The seminar gathered together ...


National Platform in Montenegro offered new solutions for employment and housing for the Roma community
11 Jun 2019

  The RCC Roma Integration project hosted the National Platform for Roma Integration in Montenegro on 11 June 2019 in Podgorica. Recognizing the challenges in housing and employment for Roma, this platform focused on identifying measures that could bring new solutions for successful ...


Third National Platform on Roma Integration in Albania - an opportunity for needful dialogue about Roma
07 Jun 2019

The 2019 National Platform on Roma Integration in Albania, organised by the RCC Roma Integration project was held in Tirana on 7 June. The event was an opportunity for a dynamic and open dialogue among representatives of the Albanian government, civil society and various important stakeholders ...


Regional Conference: Innovative Approaches to Employment of Roma (Budapest, 2018)
10 Dec 2018

Budapest - Regional conference on innovative approaches to employment of Roma, jointly organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s projects Roma Integration 2020 and Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP), and Roma Education Fund (REF) started in Budapest today. “The ...


Second National Platform on Roma Integration in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Skopje, 2018)
03 Oct 2018

Skopje – The second national platform on Roma Integration, gathering representatives of the government, civil society organizations, the Delegation of the European Union and relevant international organisations, to assess the Roma integration policy achievements made in 2017 and agree ...


Third National Platform on Roma Integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, 2018)
28 Sep 2018

Sarajevo – The third National Platform on Roma Integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 in cooperation with the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was held in Sarajevo today. ...


Third National Platform on Roma Integration in Kosovo* (Pristina, 2018)
21 Sep 2018

Pristina - Under the framework of the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020), the third National Platform on Roma Integration in Kosovo*, jointly organized by the RI2020 Action Team and the Office of the Prime Minister was held in Pristina today. The meeting ...


Progress Reports on the Integration of Roma for 2017 submitted by the RI2020 Participating Governments
10 Sep 2018

The Governments participating in the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)'s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) submitted annual reports on the implementation of their national strategies and action plans on Roma integration for 2017, according to the regionally adopted standards for monitoring ...


High level of discrimination in the labour market against Roma in the South East Europe region
06 Jul 2018

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 ...


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


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


Integral Approach to Housing and Employment Considered as Essential in Achieving Sustainable Roma Integration
31 Jan 2018

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 ...


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


Second Task Force meeting: Budgeting in the region to be improved to reflect measures for integration of Roma
21 Sep 2017

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 ...


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Turkey (Ankara, 2017)
13 Sep 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)
05 Jul 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 ...


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


Streamlining Roma issues in the regional discourse on discrimination at work and in employment
30 May 2017

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” ...


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


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Montenegro (Podgorica, 2016)
01 Dec 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)
24 Nov 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)
21 Nov 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.  


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


First National Platform on Roma Integration in Serbia (Belgrade, 2016)
13 Oct 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 for ...


High Level Launch Event: Before accession, countries will need to prove tangible progress on Roma inclusion
09 Jun 2016

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 ...