ROMACTED Support Team in Kosovo 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 eight municipalities, by Advancing Together (Support organisation), as well as the pool of competent and experienced facilitators.
The programme was officially launched in Pristina on 31 May 2018. On this occassion, the representatives of the eight participating municipalities expressed their commitment to support the implementation of the programme in the beneficiary. The Memorandum of Understanding was thus signed between the municipal representatives and the Council of Europe.
The conference was anticipated by four workshop on the Participatory Local Strategic Planning (one workshop per two municipalities), 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 March – June 2018, 11 Community Action Group (CAG) meetings were held with the participation of 25 women and 115 men, while 5 women and 9 men attended 9 Institutional Working Group (IWG) meetings addressing main priority issues for Roma. Summing up, the support team has had 30 municipal visits by the end of June 2018.
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 mid-year progress in the seven ROMACTED beneficiaries was officially presented at the First Steering Committee, which took place on 12 June in Tirana.
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.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo* Declaration of Independence.