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Final Outcomes: Closing conference and Lessons learnt

From Pilots to Outcomes: Evidence-Based Lessons on the Socio-Economic Inclusion of Roma Communities 15 March 2013, Brussels (Belgium) and Moldava nad Bodvou (Slovakia)

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European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme BRC and the World Bank organised the conference "From pilots to outcomes", which focused on evidence-based lessons on the socio-economic inclusion for Roma communities.

The conference took place on 15 March 2013 simultaneously in Brussels (Belgium) and Moldava nad Bodvou (Slovakia). Both sites were linked by a video bridge – but what really united them was the topic, Roma inclusion.

The conference presented 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. Recommendations in the fields of education, employment, housing, health, civil society, migration and gender equality were debated with representatives of the European Union main institutions, international organisations, researchers and experts, Roma representatives and the inhabitants of a Roma settlement at Moldava nad Bodvou. The final session was dedicated to the role of the structural funds in the implementation of the national Roma integration strategies, based on the experience derived from the structural funds programming period 2007-2013.

For more details on the project please visit EC-UNDP Roma Pilot: Tools and methods for monitoring and data collection website and EC Roma Inclusion Pilot Project website


  • Roma pilots: Tools and methods for evaluation and data collection - Main policy recommendations, by Ben Slay - UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre PPT EN
  • Tackling the ECD Gap: Romani Children and A Good Start - Policy Recommendations, Roma Education Fund PPT EN
  • Tackling the ECD Gap: Romani Children and A Good Start - Policy Recommendations, Roma Education Fund PPT EN
  • Early Childhood Development As Smart Economics: the Case of Roma Inclusion in Europe, World Bank PPT EN
  • Reducing vulnerability and promoting self-employment of Roma in Eastern Europe through financial inclusion, World Bank PPT EN
  • Lessons learnt and policy recommendations from the self-employment and microcredit programme, by György Molnár - Kiútprogram PPT EN

International Dissemination Conference of ‘A Good Start’ project (4 June 2012, Brussels)

A Good StartWith more than 120 participants, the Roma Education Fund in cooperation with the World Bank organized the `Conference on Early Childhood Education and Care for Roma Children` ‒ Lessons from the EU Parliament-DG Regional Policy Pilot Project and Policy Implications for EU Structural Funds Use, which took place in Brussels, the 4th of June 2012.The conference aimed to disseminate the results and outcomes of the "A Good Start" project, co-funded by the European Commission. The `A Good Start` supported more than 4,000 Romani children aged zero to six, in accessing early childhood education and care services in 16 locations from across four countries (Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, and Slovakia). The conference was also the launch event to the World Bank report "Toward An Equal Start: Closing The Early Learning Gap For Roma Children In Eastern Europe " based on the 2011 UNDP/WB/EC regional Roma survey of Romani households in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

The opening remarks was chaired by Mr. Rudolf Niessler, Director of DG Regional Policy (European Commission) and the list of high-level speakers included Mr. László Andor, European Commissioner, Ms. Danuta Hübner, Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Lívia Járóka, Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Pierre Mairesse, Director of DG Education and Culture (European Commission), and Mr. Costel Bercus, Chair of the Roma Education Fund , who all delivered welcoming speeches. Participants at the Conference had the opportunity to view a photo exhibition about the project activities.  The conference brought together policymakers, academics, Roma and non-Roma civil society organizations, governments, and European Commission and European Parliament representatives interested in developing a more inclusive system of early childhood education and care for Roma disadvantaged children.


Tuesday 4 September 2012 , 8.45-17.15 - Closing conference 'A Way Out - and a Possible Way Forward Social Microcredit, Financial Inclusion and Self-Employment' - Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noir (Rue de la Vierge Noire 32, 1000 Brussels)

A Way Out - and a Possible Way Forward Social Microcredit, Financial Inclusion and Self-EmploymentOn 4 September 2012 DG Regional Policy organised the Closing Conference of the Kiutprogramme 'A Way Out - and a Possible Way Forward Social Microcredit, Financial Inclusion and Self-Employment' jointly with the World Bank and Polgár Foundation.

The objective of the event was to present the Kiutprogramme experience in the field of social micro-finance services to enhance Roma self-employment. Policy recommendations were also discussed and the report on "Financial inclusion", concluded by the World Bank, was presented.

Further information:

Tuesday 29 November 2011, 13.30 – 17.30 - Invitation to the Final Conference on Effective Roma Campaigning (Strand 3 of the EP Roma Pilot Project): Mundo B - Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels (metro Porte de Namur)

Policy Center for Roma and Minorities (Romania)On 29 November 2011, ERGO network organized the closing conference for the awareness raising campaign part of the EP Roma Pilot Project.

To conclude the campaign, ERGO Network and its implementing partners - Policy Center for Roma and Minorities (Romania), Integro Association (Bulgaria) and Roma Active Albania - presented the results, achievements and lesson learned and showed a selection of the rich material that bears testimony to their achievements and present the stories behind the conclusions.

Please visit the project website for more information: or contact Gabriela Hrabanova (





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