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Fifth Task Force Meeting Held Online
15 Dec 2020

Fifth Task Force Meeting Held Online - Mapping of informal settlements, ending statelessness, data collection, and Roma responsive budgeting in focus In the course of COVID-19 pandemic, RCC’s Roma Integration held its fifth Task Force meeting on 15 December 2020 online, striving to ...


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 ...


Policy Briefs on Roma Responsive Budgeting
14 Jan 2020

The Western Balkans’ six economies, participating in the Roma Responsive Budgeting Initiative led by the Roma Integration project, have been working progressively on piloting the Guidelines for Roma Responsive Budgeting developed in 2018 within the inter-governmental working group ...


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 ...


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 ...


Second Steering Committee of ROMACTED Programme held in Skopje
18 Jun 2019

  The second Steering Committee of the Joint European Union and Council of Europe ROMACTED Programme was held in Skopje on 18 June 2019. The representatives from the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), the Council of Europe, representatives ...


Funds should be invested where they are most needed
05 Jun 2019

  Roma Integration Project works with the region on ensuring Roma responsive budgeting  The way regional budget programs are designed in their current financial systems, seem to be rigid and lack flexibility of intervention either to introduce a new product related directly ...


Third meeting of the Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting
08 Nov 2018

Rome – The Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting, comprising of the National Roma Contacts Points (NRCP) representatives of Ministries of Finances from the economies in the enlargement region, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration ...


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 ...


Second Meeting of the Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting
03 Jul 2018

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)
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 ...


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 ...


First meeting of the Working Group for Developing Regional Standards for Roma Responsible Budgeting
26 Apr 2018

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 ...


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


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 ...


National Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration in Montenegro
04 Jul 2017

 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 ...


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 ...


National Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration in Serbia
06 Jun 2017

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 ...


National Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration in Albania
24 May 2017

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)
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, ...


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


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 Task Force meeting: Regional standards for reporting on progress, outcomes and budget for Roma integration
09 Nov 2016

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, Open ...


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 ...