Mediation is one of the measures used across Europe to tackle the inequalities Roma face in terms of access to employment, healthcare services and quality education. It consists of employing people with a Roma background, from local Roma communities, or with a good knowledge of Roma issues, to act as mediators between the Roma and the public institutions.
After two years of implementation in 22 countries, and over 1000 mediators trained, the ROMED Programme is moving on to another level.
Its second phase, ROMED2, together with a new Council of Europe and European Commission joint initiative – ROMACT, aim to support local partners in 40 municipalities across 10 countries. The action of the two programmes is complementary - while the ROMED2 Programme focuses on the community and their participation in democratic governance through mediation, the ROMACT Programme works on building local level political commitment and the capacity of policy development. The second phase of the ROMED programme will thus work simultaneously on both Roma citizens’ ability to participate and the authority’s ability to respond.
European Code of Ethics for Mediators
A set of core principles and norms to guide the work of mediators has been identified as a key tool for protecting the mediator against abuse and for enhancing the quality of the services provided. A first draft, inspired by experiences in various countries, has been drawn up and has been submitted for feedback to mediators attending the trainings. A final version will be available after the stocktaking conference which is to be held in February 2012.