Commission maps local authorities striving to include their Roma populations
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The European Commission has prepared an interactive map of regions, cities and municipalities that are committed to integrate their Roma population and that have joined initiatives to support them to reach this goal.
Social inclusion of Roma is a joint responsibility of EU institutions and Member States, but involving local authorities is crucial to put in place concrete measures to change the life of Roma communities.
Several initiatives are supporting local authorities to plan and implement strategies for Roma inclusion and apply for national or EU funding by providing them with expertise and opportunities to learn from each other and share experiences:
- Open Society Foundation's Mayors Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion Network (MERI) brings together municipalities from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, and at a later stage from Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and the Czech Republic to exchange good practice, establish services for Roma and support the use of EU funds by local communities.
- The EUROCITIES Roma inclusion task force promotes exchanges of good practice, awareness raising on the city perspective on EU mobility and Roma inclusion, and access to funding for local policies on Roma inclusion. MERI and EUROCITIES also support an East-West exchange programme to transfer good examples of inclusive and accessible local services from Western to Eastern Europe and improve services for Roma moving the other way around.
- Council of Europe's European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion supports local and regional authorities in exchanging experiences and practices, organises thematic workshops and training or study visits and shares information on policies and sources of funding.
- ROMED (Intercultural mediation for Roma) is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission to improve the interaction of local public institutions and authorities with Roma communities and thereby ensure the access of Roma to their rights. It is implemented in 22 European countries.
- Mayors for Roma Inclusion Forum is an initiative of the International Visegrad Fund where Mayors from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia share experience and best practices for the integration of Roma populations.
- Urbact Roma-Net project is a partnership of nine European cities to inform and support city partners to develop local action plans for the social inclusion of young Roma and their transition into active adult citizens.