Romani programme website update
The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is pleased to announce the most recent update of its Romani programme website: www.ecmirom.org.
Now available on the site is extensive information of ECMI’s ongoing work with local Romani coordinators and their non-Romani counterparts in local government in thirteen municipalities in the Republic of Serbia. In addition to general information on the project and the activities undertaken in the first project year to increase the capacity of local governments to address the concrete areas within which Roms’ complex marginalization manifests itself, the new section – available in English, Serbian, and International Romani – includes profiles of the individual Romani coordinators who constitute the project’s main foci. Like ECMI’s other initiatives with Roms to date, this project is made possible by generous funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Visitors to the Romani programme website can also find details – in English, Macedonian, and International Romani – of ECMI’s ongoing Sida-funded follow-on to its fall 2003 needs assessment in Macedonia. Building on the findings of the needs assessment, this project has established all-Romani Expert Groups in the areas of education, health, civil rights and employment. The Expert Groups design and conduct research which they deem important as a foundation for concrete policy measures to remedy Roms’ comparative disadvantage in these four core areas. Among the highlights of this section are downloadable reports from the Expert Groups’ research.
ECMI’s Romani programme website also features a section (in English, Serbian, and International Romani) on the integrated analysis funded by Sida and carried out by ECMI with Roms in Serbia and Montenegro in fall 2004, as well as a section (in English, Macedonian, and International Romani) on ECMI’s Sida-funded needs assessment with Roms in the Republic of Macedonia in fall 2003. Both sections feature downloadable narrative reports.
ECMI conducts practice-oriented research, provides information and documentation, and offers advisory services concerning minority-majority relations in Europe. It serves European governments and regional intergovernmental organizations as well as non-dominant groups in the European area. The Centre also supports the academic community, the media and the general public through the timely provision of information and analysis. The early monitoring, study and resolution of ethnic tension and potential conflict in all regions of Europe - East and West - provides one of the major focal points for the activities of the Centre. More information on ECMI can be found at www.ecmi.de.
For additional information on ECMI’s activities with Romani populations in Europe, please contact:
Regional Representative for Romani Integration
European Centre for Minority Issues
Regional Office Skopje
Tel: +389 (0)2 3215 637
Fax: +389 (0)2 3215 639