A new framework of support for the Inclusion and Participation of Roma and Egyptians in the Republic of Albania (2021-2025) was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 17 November 2021.
The Roma and Travellers Team of the Council of Europe and the Joint EU/CoE ROMACTED Programme provided support to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in Albania during the design phase. Technical expertise was also offered in the development of the new policy area on “Combatting Antigypsyism” which aims to ensure that antigypsyism is recognised and addressed in public policies through systemic and structural change in order to contribute to an Albanian society free from discrimination against Roma and Egyptians.
This new thematic priority takes into consideration both the European Commission’s communication on the new EU Roma framework for equality, inclusion and participation 2020-2030, which calls upon EU member states and candidate countries to develop a specific chapter such as this, and the 2019 conclusions of the EU-Albania Policy Dialogue Seminar on inclusion for Roma and Egyptian communities in Albania. In addition, it takes into account the priorities of the Council of Europe Strategic Action Plan for Roma and Traveller Inclusion 2020-2025, as well as several recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, in particular Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)5 on policies for Roma and/or Travellers in Europe, Recommendation CM/Rec(2017)10 on improving access to justice for Roma and Travellers in Europe, ECRI General Policy Recommendation No. 13 on combatting antigypsyism and discrimination against Roma, and Recommendation CM/Rec(2020)2 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the inclusion of the history of Roma and/or Travellers in school curricula and teaching materials.
The Council of Europe and the Joint EU/CoE ROMACTED Programme will continue to provide support to public authorities and civil society stakeholders to ensure effective implementation and direct benefit for the Roma and Egyptian community in Albania. In parallel, the Albanian central and local authorities are encouraged to ensure compliance with the standard setting of the Council of Europe and European Union, not only during the design and approval phase, but also with a systematic concern for the upcoming implementation of the planned measures of the Plan as per committed European standards.