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.

Training on Project management for CAG members and local municipality staff, Eforie, Romania, 7-9 July 20

During three days, from 7 to 9 July 2014, the Romanian National Support Team organised a training within the ROMED2 and ROMACT Programmes which answered the specific needs identified among the municipalities selected.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Tenders - ROMED and ROMACT websites

The deadline for Tenders (ROMED/ROMACT Websites) has been extended until FRIDAY 11th of July, midnight (CET)

The ROMED and ROMACT Joint Programmes of the European Commission and Council of Europe are launching a Call for Tenders for the redesign, maintenance or optimization of their respective websites. Please read carefully the following attachments.

The deadline for submission of offers is set to 7 July 2014 at 00:00 CET. For further information, please contact the ROMED/ROMACT team at romed@coe.int


Call for Tenders

Launching of ROMED and First Training Session of Mediators, Vilnius, Lithuania

From 19th to 21st June, the first ever ROMED training session for Mediators was launched in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event gathered close to 20 highly motivated participants, who act as Roma mediators, Roma leaders, pedagogical and social assistants.

The training session was hosted by the Public Institution Roma Community Centre (supporting organisation for the implementation of the ROMED programme in Lithuania) in cooperation with the National Focal Point for Lithuania, Ms Ana Rozanova.

The International Pedagogical team for this training is composed by Ms Alexandra Raykova (Bulgaria), Ms Zemfira Kondur (Ukraine) and Mr Konstantin Stech (Lithuania).

Making use of European Structural and Investment Funds for Roma Inclusion : A Guide for Local Authorities

The central aim of the present guide is to provide guidelines and practical suggestions on the use of the SF for Roma inclusion at the local level. This is an alternative that might be of use to any local authority who would like to increase its EU Funds accessibility on Roma integration.

Call for youth participants extended to 4 June due to elections

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has decided to devote a large part of its 27th session,14 to 16 October 2014, to the theme "Empowering youth: a shared responsibility for cities and regions". 

For more information, click here : Call for participants

The EESC civil society prize on the theme " The integration of Roma "

Over the years, the European Union and international organisations such as the Council of Europe and the World Bank have taken numerous initiatives to improve the situation of the Roma, the biggest ethnic minority in Europe. Still, the Roma population largely remains socially excluded.

For more information, click here : PDF Version and European Economic and Social Committee



ROMED2: National Launching Meeting and Workshop, Kiev, Ukraine, 20-21 May 2014

Between 20th and 21st of May 2014, ROMED2 was officially launched in Kiev (Ukraine), with the presence of representatives from various ministries, local and regional administrations, Roma NGOs, Roma mediators, and the facilitators of the Community Action Groups from the five selected municipalities/regions that joined the programme: Odessa, Uzhgorod, Kirovograd, Kiev, and Pereyalslav-Khmlenytskyi.

Programul Operațional Sectorial Dezvoltarea Resurselor Umane 2007-2013

via Fondul Social European în România

"AM POSDRU publică spre consultare schița Ghidului Solicitantului Condiții Specifice „Sprijin pentru grupurile vulnerabile prin accesul la educația inițială”.

Va rugam sa transmiteti pana la data de 23.05.2014 propunerile, sugestiile si opiniile dumneavoastra privind imbunatatirea acestui document la adresa de email educatieinitiala@fseromania.ro."

Document de lucru: http://www.fseromania.ro/images/doc2014/draftghid1.1.pdf

Conference on social policy innovation - 19-20 May 2014, Brussels

via the European Commission website

The European Commission conference will focus on the role of social policy innovation and social investment in implementing structural reforms at country level.
The conference is structured around four thematic sessions:
- Social policy reforms: the role of social policy innovation, social investments and knowledge-sharing
- Social policy innovation: using the potential of ESI Funds
- Partnerships for innovation in social policies
- Evidence-based research relevant for policy making

A show-casing session will be devoted to ESF/experiences in Roma inclusion.


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.

Download the European Code of Ethics for Mediators in french or in English