THERE IS A NEED FOR A MAPPING OF LOCAL ROMA COMMUNITIES!
Our member, Center of Resources for Social Inclusion CRIS from Romania, organized in Ploiesti, on 18.10.2018 and 31.10.2018, two meetings with the representatives of 10 Local Action Groups (LAG) from South-Muntenia and South-East Regions and of 2 newly established Urban Local Action Groups from Ploiesti and Campina, within the framework of the Annual Work Program 2018, supported by the European Commission, the Program for Social Innovation and Employment.
The aim of the meetings was to strengthen the cooperation between Roma civil society from local level and LAGs in regards to accesing, implementing and monitoring of measures affecting Roma communities in the Local Development Strategies (LDS).
The handbook on Training for local stakeholders and Local Action Groups teams on CLLD and how to increase the access the funds available in LEADER program for Roma developed by Nevo Parudimos, another member of ERGO from Romania, was presented to participants and it was considered to be useful for the implementation of the LDSs.
While improvements have been done since last year’s meetings with the LAGs, by having Roma communities from local level and especially the urban marginalized communities from Ploiesti and Campina included in the LDSs, through specific measures, more needs to be done according also to the representatives of LAGs.
For example, the Urban LAGs mentioned they had to reffer to the official number of Roma in the two cities according to the lates census in 2016, when they developed the strategy. As this number is obviuolsy lower than the realilty, the measures targeting Roma in the strategy could have been more than only one or maximum two as it is now.
Therefore one of the main conclusions of the meetings was the need for a mapping of the local Roma communities to be recognized, assumed by each ministry, and to be taken into account in the future financial allocations, with Roma among the target groups.