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Presentation by Michael Guet, Council of Europe, on the occasion of the EESC conference on 'Better Roma inclusion through civil society initiatives: focus on education, employment, housing and antidiscrimination' (Brussels, 7 November 2014).

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  1. 1. UPDATE CAHROM, Sarajevo - 29 October 2014
  2. 2. ROMED 1 – Training of Roma Mediators. European Training programme for Intercultural Mediation with the Roma Communities. (CoE SRSG Team/EU DG EAC) ROMED 2 – Community participation and dialogue with the local authorities / Democratic Governance and community participation through Mediation. (CoE SRSG Team/EU DG EAC) ROMACT- Strengthen the capacity of local and regional authorities to develop and implement plans and projects for Roma inclusion. (CoE SRSG – EU DGEMPL /complemented by DG REGIO)
  3. 3. Beneficiary countries ROMED 1 2011-2014 Covering various parts of Europe: countries where mediators are institutionalised countries where there is a more recent experience with Roma mediators countries where the employment of mediators is a new idea Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, Ukraine, UK and Kosovo* City of Geneva * Resolution 1244
  4. 4. Over 1300 mediators trained in 22 countries and Kosovo*. A very large majority of mediators are Roma, the others have a very good knowledge of the Roma community
  5. 5. - creation of a European Database on Mediators, a valuable resource with up-to-date information on various aspects of Roma mediation in a number of countries.
  6. 6. Additionnel Achievements Elements of impact • design and elaboration of a new training curriculum for mediators (available in 20 languages) • A European Code of Ethics for Mediators: a set of core principles and norms to guide the work of mediators has been identified as a key tool for protecting the mediator against abuse and for enhancing the quality of the services provided. • creation of a European pool of ROMED trainers: 60 trainers out of which more than half are of Roma origin • around 700 representatives from national and local institutions have attended the training sessions • Snowball effect triggered in some countries (Ukraine, Greece, Romania, Germany, FYRoM) • Institutionalisation of mediation (Republic of Moldova) • Adoption by the Committee of Ministers (CoE) of the Recommendation CM/Rec (2012)9 on mediation as an effective tool for promoting respect for human rights and social inclusion of Roma • Mediation increasingly present in the National Strategies for Roma Integration (EU framework) • Change in the perception of the mediator and her/his role by the public institutions • Change in the mediators’ perception of their own role/work: intense networking among peers, exchange of experiences and the ability to build more collective responses to concrete problems
  7. 7. ROMED22 (2013-2014/15) The purpose: to empower members of the Roma communities and prepare staff of local public institutions to engage in a participatory process aimed at improving the situation of the Roma Objectives: •To enhance democratic participation and visible empowerment of Roma communities; •To stimulate an increased responsiveness of public institutions towards Roma. Transfer the focus of the training from the Mediator only to environment of context/Mediation the
  8. 8. COUNTRIES (2014-15) 2 4 to 10 locations per country/ Approx. 70 locations during the first year Close to 80 now with Ukraine and Germany Close to 40 Locations in the ROMACT countries 2
  9. 9. RROOMMEEDD22 National support teams National support teams (NPO’s/NFPs/Trainers/Facilitators) (NPO’s/NFPs/Trainers/Facilitators) In 12 Countries In 12 Countries 79 Municipalities in 11 Countries 79 Municipalities in 11 Countries (+ 1 Country that launched ROMED2 at National level) (+ 1 Country that launched ROMED2 at National level) Over 100 Mediators active in the Over 100 Mediators active in the Municipalities Municipalities 71 Community Action Groups 71 Community Action Groups (CAG) (CAG) 5 to 10 Representatives of public institutions, including Schools involved in each of the 69 Municipalities Each CAG is composed of 5 to 20 People 79 Roma Communities each counting between 500 and 5000 Members Approximately 500 representatives of the local administrations Between 1000 and 1200 active Roma CAG members By the end of the Programme close to 100 000 Roma will be touched by this process of Mediation
  10. 10. The aim of the programme ROMACT sets out to: ROMACT aims to strengthen the capacity of local and regional authorities (targeting both elected officials and senior civil servants) to develop and implement plans and projects for Roma inclusion. • Concretely build the capacity of local authorities to perform their roles and responsibilities when it comes to the implementation of practices which improve Roma inclusion, particularly to become more responsive and accountable; • Identify (where they exist) or create mechanisms and processes which promote and ensure good governance standards • Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, ownership and sustainability of local policies, measures and delivery of services.
  11. 11. Renewals/New Agreements CoE/EU ROMED 2 – New Agreement to be signed between the CoE and DGEAC Period 1 January - 31 December 2015. Includes the Evaluation of the Programme since 2011 2nd ROMACT agreement to be signed between the CoE and DG EMPL Period Period December 2014 - December 2015. For the existing municipalities and the inclusion of Greece in the programme 3rd ROMACT agreement to be signed between the CoE and DG EMPL Period mid-2015 to Mid-2016 For new Municipalities in present programme countries and new Municipalities in new programme Countries
  12. 12. THANK YOU!