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Finalisation of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2021-2025)

Joint EU-CoE ROMACTED Programme has continued to support the process of development of the new Action Plan for Social Inclusion of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2021-2025, in close co-operation with the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees (MHRR).
Teslic 1 October 2020
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Finalisation of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2021-2025)

A three-day workshop took place in Teslic (BiH) between 28 September and 1 October, gathering together representatives of the MHRR, the Roma Board (as part of the Council of Ministries) and the officially appointed governmental experts. The event was organised in order to produce action measures for the period 2021-2025 in accordance with the actual needs and available in-country capacities and resources. The initiative is led by the MHRR, with an aim to have the new Action Plan endorsed by the Government and adopted by the end of 2020.

Inter-departmental Working Groups and the Expert-Thematic Working Groups, established by the MHRR, in the field of (1) civil registration of Roma, antidiscrimination and antigypsyism, (2) housing, (3) employment, (4) health, (5) education, have concluded and agreed upon specific objectives, measures and activities addressing the current needs of Roma in their respective thematic field.

The workshop was a follow-up of the previous two meetings organised on the topic:

  • Referral meeting with representatives of local authorities and Roma community (Mostar, 30 June); and
  • Preparatory workshop for drafting of the new National Action Plan for Roma Inclusion 20212025 (Sarajevo, 21-22 July). Read more about it here.

In the forthcoming period, the MHRR as the key institution will organise an official hearing in regards to the proposed document, in order to get endorsement from the entity governments before the submission to the Council of Ministries for the final adoption in December 2020.