News - July 2014

 

- 25 July 2014: In yesterday’s press release, Minority Rights Group Europe (MRG) welcomed the recent decision of the Croatian Parliament regarding sending a proposed anti-minority referendum for constitutional review.

Press release can be found here

- 8 - 9 July 2014, Zagreb: Educational workshop titled “Capacity building of Roma community representatives to monitor the implementation of measures for the integration of Roma in Croatia” was organized within the framework of the project “Roma Inclusion Advocacy Project”, implemented by the Centre for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance - Vukovar , STINA Institute from Split and the Association of Roma Friendship LUNA from Beli Manastir.

During the two days, the workshop addressed the issues of monitoring, data collection and the preparation of the “shadow report” on the implementation of Roma Inclusion measures at the local and regional levels. The manual for “Alternative monitoring and advocacy for the implementation of the National Strategy for Roma Inclusion 2013 - 2020 - Guidelines for local Roma activists and representatives” was presented at the workshop to the attending participants to be used as guidelines for the monitoring of the implementation measures of the Action Plan for the implementation National Strategy for Roma Inclusion 2013 - 2020 and local Action Plans for Roma Inclusion. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Roma community from five counties where the project is implemented - Osijek-Baranja, Brod-Posavina, Sisak-Moslavina, Koprivnica-Krizevci and Medjimurje County.

“Roma Inclusion Advocacy Project” is financed by the European Social Fund of the EU within IPA Component IV “Human Resources Development: Supporting CSOs Advocacy and Motivation Programmes for Socially Excluded Groups“. Contracting authority in the Republic of Croatia is the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.

 

- 4 July 2014: Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar, within the framework of the Roma Inclusion Advocacy Project, published a manual “Alternative monitoring and advocacy for the implementation of the National Strategy for Roma Inclusion 2013 - 2020 - Guidelines for local Roma activists and representatives”.

The publication is designed for representatives of Roma CSOs and Roma community, as well as other stakeholders active in the field of implementation of measures for Roma inclusion in the Republic of Croatia. The manual has been designed in the form of short informative and useful guidelines and will be used for the implementation of educational project activities targeting building and strengthening specific knowledge, skills capabilities of Roma CSOs activists and Roma representatives in targeted local communities and further. Guidelines have been also envisaged as a tool in their future activities of monitoring and advocating the implementation of the National Strategy, as well as a kind of reminder in the process of developing comprehensive reports and advocacy documents envisaged within the framework of activities of this project. The guidelines, as well as other project activities, among other, aim to encourage Roma activists to strengthen mutual cooperation and build appropriate cooperative and partnership relations with suitable local, national and international stakeholders within integration processes.  It is implied that concrete and practical effects of this publication and long-term sustainability of the entire project shall depend, above all, on expressed interest and motivation as well as persistence, creativity and skills of said individuals and representatives of Roma community.

“Roma Inclusion Advocacy Project” is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the EU within IPA Component IV “Human Resources Development: Supporting CSOs Advocacy and Motivation Programmes for Socially Excluded Groups“.