Launching of the ROMACTED Programme to support Roma integration at local level
The Council of Europe and the European Union officially launched the joint ROMACTED Programme on ‘Promoting Good Governance and Roma Empowerment at Local Level’ in Kosovo*. The programme aims at engaging local authorities in creating sustainable policies and actions in order to enhance democratic local governance and the empowerment of local Roma communities.
The event brought together representatives of national and local authorities, Roma community, civil society organizations and international community.
The Head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina, Ms Isabelle Servoz-Gallucci, in her welcoming speech said that ‘’ROMACTED allows the participation and encouragement of Roma, and it’s about reminding the local authorities on the need to do more about vulnerable communities”. Ms Servoz-Gallucci also highlighted Kosovo’s need for improvement in line with the EU standards as well as the participation of the Roma community which is the essence for the creation of inclusive democratic society.
Mr Ivan Milojevic, Director of the Office of Community Affairs in the Prime ministers cabinet presented the activities that office has undertaken where Roma community is participating. One of them is the internship programme which aims to help disadvantage and neglected youngsters such as Roma. Mr Milojevic discussed social housing activities that are of importance and challenging at the same time for the Roma community. He invited all interested parties to join forces in solving this issue.