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JUSTROM programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission starts in Romania

On Thursday, 10 November 2016 the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues and the European Commission DG Justice and Consumers launch the joint Programme on Access of Roma and Traveller Women to Justice (JUSTROM) in Romania.
headline Strasbourg 10 November 2016
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JUSTROM programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission starts in Romania

The launching event was attended by the Minister of Justice, representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Agency for Roma, the National Council for Combating Discrimination, the National Agency for Equal Opportunities (ANES), the Ombudsoffice, the National Contact Point for Roma of the Ministry of European Funds, civil society and Roma organisations.

The JUSTROM programme is a joint pilot project that will be implemented by the Council of Europe and the European Commission in Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Romania for the next 18 months.

it aims to empower Roma and Traveller women by raising their awareness about their rights and access to services, the justice system and institutions where their can lodge complaints against discrimination and other human rights violations including early/forced marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, housing evictions, police abuse and hate crimes. It will provide legal information, advice, aid and/or representation through setting up legal clinics in Ialomita and Calarasi and thus further facilitate access to court and court proceedings at national and international level, including when on probation or while in prison. In addition, it aims to enhance the capacity of lawyers and law enforcement in the application of anti-discrimination standards with a focus on multiple discrimination, gender equality and Roma and Traveller women. As a result, this programme aims to further increase the synergy and coherence between the institutional frameworks of the EU and Council of Europe, national Roma integration strategies and civil society.

It is an 850,000 Euros programme co-financed between the European Commission DG Justice (80%) and the Council of Europe (20%). After the launch event, the next activities of the programme will include training on non-discrimination for lawyers and the setting up two legal clinics in Călărași and Ialomița where Roma will be able to seek legal advice and eventually legal assistance for their case.


JUSTROM2 in brief JUSTROM2 in brief

JUSTROM2 is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and European Commission aiming to improve the access to justice of Roma women in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania.

The programme aims to empower Roma women to adequately address discrimination and other human rights violations committed against them, including early/forced marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, housing evictions, police abuse and hate crime by raising their awareness about discrimination, complaint mechanisms, the justice system and human rights institutions. The programme seeks Roma women empowerment inter alia through awareness-raising gatherings and info days, where active citizenship is promoted, and legal advice.

It also aims at strengthening links, exchanges and partnerships with and among actors at different levels, such as local, national, regional and European level. The actors involved include local and central government institutions, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, national human rights institutions, equality bodies, bar associations, legal aid bureaus, National Roma Contact Points (NRCP), CAHROM members, police, mediators and Roma NGOs. These will create an inclusive and enabling environment leading to accountability and sustainable change in Roma communities and the wider societies they live in.

In addition, it aims to enhance the capacity of the judiciary, law enforcement in the application of anti-discrimination standards with a focus on multiple discrimination, gender equality and Roma women.  Finally, this programme will further increase the synergy and coherence between the institutional frameworks of the EU and Council of Europe, national Roma integration strategies and civil society initiatives.

Events events

Italy, 19 March 2019

  • Training for legal professionals on statelessness, regularisation and related issues

Strasbourg, 12-14 March 2019

  • Study visit for Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Insitutions

Greece, 27-28 February 2019

  • Country exchange of practices on the topic of ID documents

Bulgaria, 12 February 2019

  • Training for lawyers of the legal aid in Sliven

Bulgaria, 11 February 2019

  • Training for lawyers of the legal aid in Plovdiv

Romania, 7-8 February 2019

  • Training for lawyers in Bucharest on combating discrimination

Bulgaria, 5 February 2019

  • Training for lawyers of the legal aid in Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgaria, 25 January 2019

  • Training for lawyers of the legal aid in Sofia

Italy, 4-6 December 2018

  • JUSTROM Monitoring visit in Rome and Naples

BULGARIA, 26-29 November 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Monitoring visits to Sofia, Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgaria, 19-21 November 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Training of Trainers for police officers, Sofia

Romania, 5-8 NOvember 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Monitoring visits to Bucharest and Calarasi County

Greece, 23-26 October 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Monitoring visit to Athens and Thessaloniki

STrasbourg, 26-28 september 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Training of Trainers for judges and prosecutors from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania