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Roma Inclusion and Regional Policy - Pilot project for Roma Inclusion


Progress report on national Roma integration strategies - 26 June 2013

Recent Past

15 March 2013 - Closing conference of the Roma Pilot Project - Brussels

The conference will present the results of the three-year pilot project decided by the European Parliament targeting Roma socio-economic inclusion and implemented in the fields of early-childhood education and care, self-employment through microcredits, information and awareness raising, data collection and monitoring and evaluation tools in five European Union Member States and Macedonia.

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24 January 2013 - Parliamentary Hearing – European Parliament

28 January 2012 - Training for Commission officials on the Policy Recommendations from the Roma Inclusion Pilot Project

23-25 May 2011 - High Level Event on Roma inclusion in Slovakia

After the High Level Events in Hungary (2009) and Romania (2010) the European Commission organised a High Level Event on the better use of Structural Funds for the integration of Roma in Slovakia on 23-25 May 2011. The High Level Event consisted of a national conference in Bratislava (23 May), field visits (24 May), and a High Level regional conference on 25 May. These events brought together representatives of the EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities as well as civil society, with the common aim to use EU funds more effectively and exchange experiences for improving the socio-economic situation of the Roma, which can significantly contribute to the economic growth of Slovakia.

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30 November 2010 - Monitoring and Evaluation of Roma Projects and Policies

In the context of the Pilot Project for Roma Inclusion, DG REGIO organised a conference on monitoring and evaluation of Roma policies on 30 November 2010. The first session was devoted to project monitoring and discussed how particular projects such as the Pilot Project for Roma inclusion could become part of result-oriented policy. The second session was devoted to policy monitoring and more specifically on how accurate project implementation may contribute to achieving policy goals.

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12-13 October 2010 - High level Visits to Member States:

The Pilot Project was complemented by official bilateral visits to individual Member States to carry out a policy dialogue on Roma inclusion with a view to mainstream the policy initiatives in the operational programmes under cohesion policy. A couple of High Level Visits were held between 2010 and 2011, amongst which High Level Visits in Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Hungary.

7 October 2010 - European cohesion policy and Roma Inclusion - new initiatives (Open Days Workshop)

In most EU Member States, the Roma are deprived of the financial means essential for adequate living conditions, as well as lack of access to education, jobs, and social and health services. Cohesion policy has the potential to improve the situation of these Roma communities. However, it is important to adopt a holistic approach and learn from good practice gathered at the European level when implementing programmes involving a significant Roma population. This workshop aims to exchange experiences on working with and for Roma within the cohesion policy programmes. (This event took place as part of Open Days 2010: 8th European Week of Regions and Cities.


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