ROMACTED – Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level

ROMACTED – Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level is a joint programme of the European Commission (DG NEAR) and the Council of Europe. ROMACTED is being implemented in the Western Balkans countries (Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia) and in Turkey in more than 60 municipalities. In Montenegro, the Programmed is being implemented in Berane, Bijelo Polje, Nikšić, Podgorica, Herceg Novi, Tivat, Bar and Ulcinj. The implementation of the Programmed started on the 5th of April and will last for 25 months.

ROMACTED – Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level aims to develop cooperation with the representatives of the local self-governments, as well as with the members of the Roma community. The Programme also aims to strengthen capacities of the representatives of the local self-governments who work on the Roma inclusion. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen capacities of members of the Roma community in order to enable them to adequately express their needs and address issues that they consider important.

NGO Young Roma is a partner organization in the Programme implementation and the Programme itself is being implemented by the Council of Europe, Programme Office in Montenegro.

Previous activities included visits to targeted municipalities which resulted in meetings with the representatives of the local self-governments during which the Programme was presented. The Programme foresees that each municipality delegates a contact person whose task is to form a team within the municipality that will work on improving the situation of the Roma community. After conducting the initial visits to all eight municipalities, a launching conference was held on the 17th of July, where Memorandums of Understanding were signed between the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, the Council of Europe and all eight municipalities.

For the first time, high representatives of eight Montenegrin municipalities were gathered in one place and talked about problems that Roma population faces. The representatives later signed Memorandums of Understanding where they committed to contributing to a more successful Programme implementation.

On the 18th of July, a national workshop on participatory local strategic planning was held. At the workshop, representatives of the local self-governments took part, i.e. contact persons, deputy contact persons and a representative in charge of the EU projects writing and implementation. Participants at the workshop were also local activists from eight municipalities and members of the ROMACTED team from Montenegro. The workshop helped participants to get familiarized with the Programme and its expected results.

Facilitators also participated at the workshop, whose task in the Programme is to work with the local self-governments and the Roma community. At the moment, three facilitators are hired in Montenegro, for Podgorica, Bar and Tivat. New facilitators are expected to be hired who will be assigned to the remaining municipalities. Facilitators already hired have conducted series of activities in the municipalities where they are assigned, which means that they have already had meetings with the local self-government representatives and have informed Roma population about the Programme and their participation in it.





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