Enhancing participation among Roma

February - November 2009
The project “Enhancing participation among Roma” is funded by the “Europe for Citizens” Programme managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). It is oriented towards promoting discussion on how to enhance political and civil participation among Roma communities. Due to the extremely low rates of Roma participation in decision making processes at the local, national and EU levels there is an urgent need to promote participation of the minority. 

The aims of the project are to:
  • promote discussion and develop recommendations on how to enhance participation among Roma;
  • bring Roma activists closer to trade unions and civil associations as well as decision makers and administrators working in the fields of relevance in order to promote their participation at the national and EU level;
  • promote awareness among Roma in relation to the opportunities of participation in decision making processes at the local, national and EU level;
  • promote awareness among trade unions and civil associations, initiatives, administrators and decision makers of the necessity to encourage participation among Roma and to promote intercultural dialogue.
The project is coordinated by ERIO and partners of the project are the Tolerance and Mutual Aid Foundation – TMAF (Bulgaria), the Dzeno Association (Czech Republic), the Federation of Roma Organisations of Catalonia – FAGIC (Spain), and the PER Regional Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (Romania). Participants of the project come from Roma rights’ organisations, trade unions, civil associations, administration and decision making bodies as well as citizens from Roma communities and the majority society.
Main activities of the project are the set-up of e-mail networks, workshops and national panels in each of the countries covered by the project, where discussions will take place on how to make participation more accessible to Roma at a local, national and EU level. The outcome of the project will be presented and discussed at an international conference in Brussels, which will serve to exchange information and discuss existing participation mechanisms at the EU level.
Regarding the main outcomes of the project, it is expected that Roma and Roma right’s activists will gain knowledge on participation channels at a local, national and EU level. Furthermore, it is expected that the project will bring Roma activists closer to further stakeholders who could play a key role in fostering participation among Roma. This will contribute to raising awareness among stakeholders such as civil associations and initiatives, trade unions, administrators and decision makers. Recommendations for promoting participation among Roma will be developed in the framework of the project activities. 
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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