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TOPIC : Restricted call for proposals to support National Roma platforms

Topic identifier: REC-RDIS-NRCP-AG-2017
Publication date: 30 March 2017

Types of action: REC-AG REC Action Grant
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
27 April 2017
Deadline: 19 September 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: REC Programme 2014-2020
Work Programme Year: REC-2017
Work Programme Part: REC-2017
Topic Updates
  • 19 July 2017 12:20

    Please note that under TOPIC DESCRIPTION, point 1.2, text was added relating to staff costs and subcontracting.

Topic Description
Scope:

1. Priorities and activities to be funded

1.1. Priorities

The priority of this restricted call for proposals for action grants is to support the setting up or reinforcing of national consultation processes in the Member States, through National Roma Platforms convened and managed by National Roma Contact Points (NRCPs).

NRCPs were appointed by Member States, in line with the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 (http://ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimination/files/roma_nationalcontactpoints_en.pdf) to coordinate the development and implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy, or integrated sets of policy measures within their broader social inclusion policies (thereafter: NRIS).

The Council Recommendation on effective Roma integration measures in the Member States confirms that NRCPs should facilitate the participation and involvement of Roma civil society in the implementation of NRIS and local action plans. The National Roma Platforms will contribute decisively to this process.

The National Roma Platforms are expected to encourage and facilitate dialogue and exchanges, promote mutual learning, cooperation and involvement in implementation and monitoring between all national stakeholders. Inclusion of Roma people, in particular Roma women and youth, in the Platform is strongly encouraged.

The objectives of the Platforms are:

  • To empower the NRCPs in the process of Roma integration, to give them the necessary visibility towards all relevant stakeholders, whether at national, regional or local level, towards Roma and non-Roma communities;
  • To ensure effective involvement of all relevant stakeholders (i.e. national, regional, local authorities, Roma and non-Roma communities including Roma youth and Roma women, Roma and pro-Roma non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private entrepreneurs, trade unions, professional associations, academia, Equality bodies, etc.) in all decisions, including those on allocation of available financial resources from both EU and national budgets that affect Roma, taking into account the roles off each stakeholder;
  • To address the gaps in the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy and the challenges which are specific to the national context;
  • To feed reporting processes at national and EU level.

1.2. Description of the activities

This call will fund activities supporting active partnership between stakeholders in the development, implementation and monitoring of the National Roma Integration Strategies or integrated sets of policy measures in the Member States.

Member States using Commission support under the previous calls (JUST/2015/RDIS/AG/NRP2 and REC-RDIS-NRCP-AG-2016) to set up National Roma Platforms should set out how they intend to maintain and develop them.

Proposals of Member States that have not applied for support under the above mentioned previous call shall present the methodology to be used for the setting up or reinforcing and restructuring of National Roma Platforms, by inclusive and transparent involvement of all relevant stakeholders with a focus on implementation and monitoring of National Roma Integration Strategies and integrated set of measures, and for the implementation of their activities.

The National Roma Platforms should not be considered as one-off events or conferences but as an ongoing, joint process in which all relevant stakeholders work closely together towards better integration of Roma.

Activities should support nationally led participatory multi-stakeholder processes of working meetings aimed at strengthening partnership across all levels, including government authorities, regional and local authorities, civil society organisations, including Roma youth and Roma women organisations, private sector, academia, etc. The use of participatory methodologies, including with the help of professional facilitators, is encouraged.

Activities may include meetings and events at national, regional or local levels of National Roma Platforms, including their preparation, organisation and follow-up activities.

The proposal may include staff costs up to 40% of the total eligible project costs.

These staff costs should only be incurred for the recruitment of one/or more persons to work exclusively on the development of the National Roma Platforms. The cost of staff recruited exclusively to implement the National Roma Platforms under the previous call for proposals (JUST/2015/RDIS/AG/NRCP2 and REC-RDIS-NRCP-AG-2016) remain eligible (within the above mentioned 40% limit).

Moreover, the recruitment of Roma people, including Roma youth and women for this position is strongly encouraged.

Please note, that the costs related to professional facilitators cannot be considered as staff costs, but as other direct costs (heading E).

As a general rule, subcontracting shall be limited to 30% of the total eligible costs. If this threshold is exceeded in the budget estimate, the applicant shall provide justification, which shall help the Commission to assess whether the exception can be accepted.

The following concrete activities might be included in the proposal:

Activities aimed at making stakeholder participation effective, including the identification of stakeholders, capacity building actions, integration of their inputs in shaping policies relevant to Roma integration;

Working meetings aiming at ensuring proper communication with all stakeholders;

Activities focusing on empowerment and participation of Roma youth and women organisations;

Organization of an opening "Kick Off" meeting with participation of all relevant stakeholders (with balanced geographical coverage) in order to explain the process as well as the Member State's approach towards Roma integration;

Organization of topical discussions/focused group discussions/good practices working meetings, notably on

  • education, employment, health, housing and anti-discrimination issues, which would address the needs/priorities/obstacles/challenges at national/ regional/local level;
  • funding opportunities;
  • Roma education and how best to advance the education of Roma children, involving educators, Roma parents, representatives of municipalities, social workers, Roma mediators, Roma assistants;
  • the involvement of trade unions, private sector in increasing employability of Roma and on an integrated approach in the area of housing and health;

Activities aimed at facilitating dialogue between Roma and non-Roma communities and local authorities to explain the mutual benefits of Roma integration measures for both communities.

The following types of activities will not be funded by the Commission:

  • Activities supporting individual political parties;
  • Provision of financial support to third parties;
  • Legal actions before national or international courts regardless of their grounds or objectives;

This call focuses on national activities and transnational activities are not supported (e.g. travel costs abroad are not supported).

1.3. Expected results

  • increased number of the national Platforms seen as an integral component of the coordination and monitoring activities of the NRCPs to foster the process for dialogue, cooperation and coordination of stakeholders;

  • increased capacity of national experts to address issues related to Roma integration;

  • strengthened cooperation and exchange of information between competent national authorities in relation to Roma integration;

  • improved knowledge on the legislation and administrative practices related to Roma integration.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of eligible countries
    The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their overseas departments, Iceland and Lichtenstein

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions

    2.1 Admissibility requirements are described under point 1 of part C of the Guide for applicants

    2.2 Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible, grant applications must comply with all of the following criteria:
    (a) the application must be summited by the officially appointed National Roma Contact Point. Only one application per Member State will be accepted.
    (b) the EU grant applied for cannot be higher than EUR 65 000.;
    (c) The initial duration of the project should not exceed 12 months

  3. Selection criteria
    Selection criteria are described under point 4 of part C of the Guide for applicants

  4. Award criteria
    Award criteria are described under point 5 of part C of the Guide for applicants

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic

 

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