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.

New FRA Roma Pilot Surveys Available

The European Union Agency for fundamental rights had issued recently three new reports regarding the situation of employment among Roma communities, the situation of discrimination against and living conditions of Roma women and  the situation of education  of Roma in 11 EU Member States. In these reports, FRA presents the results of the 2011 FRA Roma pilot survey on poverty and employment and of the 2011 Roma survey on education.

For full information on the reports please follow the following links:

International Romani Language Day

5th November – International Romani Language Day/ 5-to Novèmbro – Maśkarthemutno Dives palal i Romani Ćhib

Every year on the 5th of November, Roma in Europe celebrate the International Romani Language Day.

Spoken throughout the world, Romani is the language of Roma, a language preserved and sent on from generation to generation over the centuries mainly in its oral form.

During the first Romani Congress in 1971, Romani was officially recognised as the language of Roma in Europe. This led to its inclusion in various international regulations, including Council of Europe’s European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

ROMED2 to be launched in Germany, 24th October 2014 - Allianz Forum, Berlin

On the upcoming 24th October 2014, Mr Ulrich Bunjes, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma issues, will launch the ROMED2 Programme in Germany during an event organised at the Allianz Forum in Berlin.

Update! ROMACT Conference - Brussels, 2-3 October

Commissioner Andor and Ulrich Bunjes, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues meet local authorities to discuss first results of the ROMACT programme in favour of Roma inclusion


At the European Commission’s initiative, mayors from cities in Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow to take stock of progress and lessons learned in integrating Roma at the local level, in particular with the support of ROMACT, a joint programme of the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

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).

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.

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.

OSF - Assisting Communities to Access EU Funds for Inclusion

via Open Society Foundations

"The Project Generation Model Piloted by the Open Society Foundations

National governments in Europe can greatly enhance the implementation of their National Roma Integration Strategies and social inclusion more broadly. One proven way of doing this is by providing assistance to local authorities and organizations to access and implement projects financed by European Structural and Investment Funds.


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