ROMACTED Support Team in Serbia has undergone through number of intensive interventions in the first six months of 2018. The process was carried out both at the community and institutional levels in the ten self-government units, by the Association of Coordinators for Roma Issues (Support organisation), as well as the pool of competent and experienced facilitators.
The programme in Serbia was officially launched in Belgrade on 29 May 2018. On this occassion, the representatives of the eleven participating municipalities expressed their commitment to support the implementation of the programme in the beneficiary. The conference was followed by the National Workshop on the Participatory Local Strategic Planning, which gathered both community representatives and delegated contact points from the beneficiry municipalities.
The constant work and dedication produced the first progress at beneficiry level. During the intensive field interventions during May – June 2018, 42 Community Action Group (CAG) mobilisation meetings were held with the participation of 161 women and 286 men, which in total sums up to 447 people reached through the ROMACTED Support Team. A total of 54 municipal visits were carried out in the first six months of programme`s implementation in Serbia.
The implementation has been gradually moving to the next phase of needs assessment of both local authorities and Roma communities, which will continue to be reflected in the forthcoming work of the facilitators during July-September 2018.
The joint EU/CoE Programme is implemented by the Council of Europe’s Roma and Travellers’ team and the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes in seven beneficiaries of Western Balkans and Turkey.