The objective of the pilot project is to contribute to strengthening the monitoring mechanisms of the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies through systematic civil society monitoring.
The additional value of civil society monitoring comes from the independent status and the field experience of participating NGOs. The pilot project aims to enhance civil society monitoring in two key ways: by developing the policy monitoring capacities of civil society actors, and by supporting the preparation of high-quality, comprehensive annual civil society monitoring reports.
In 2011 the European Council adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 that asked EU member states to develop either national Roma integration strategies or integrated sets of policy measures within broader social inclusion policies (hereafter together: NRIS).
Monitoring of the implementation of NRIS includes the following core elements:
Since 2012 the European Commission reports annually on the implementation of NRIS. In even years (2012, 2014, 2016) the report included also details by member state.
Since 2016 also member states report to the Commission annually on the implementation of NRIS. Reports of member states are not public (unless a given member state makes its report public).
In past years also various NGOs and NGO coalitions prepared civil society monitoring reports – or ‘shadow reports’ – with their information and assessment. A comprehensive civil society monitoring was for example coordinated by the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat, covering 11 member states in 2013-2014.
The first monitoring cycle (2017) of the National Roma Integration Strategies reviewed key structural preconditions of successful implementation: fighting discrimination and antigypsyism, governance and overall policy framework (including Roma participation, coordination structures, use of European and Structural Funds) and for the countries with largest Roma communities (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia) also the impact of mainstream education policies on Roma.
Cluster 1: Member states with the largest Roma communities and facing the most acute challenges:
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