Roma Civil Monitor

Roma Civil Monitor

From 2017-2020, ERGO Network was a partner in the pilot project ‘Capacity building for Roma civil society and strengthening its involvement in the monitoring of national Roma integration strategies’.

The pilot project was managed by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG Justice). It was coordinated by the Central European University Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), in partnership with ERGO Network, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and the Roma Education Fund (REF), and was implemented with active participation of around 90 NGOs from 27 member states (all except Malta).

The objective of the pilot project was 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 aimed 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 included the following core elements:

  • Since 2012 the European Commission reports annually on the implementation of NRIS. In even years (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018) the report included also details by Member State.
  • Since 2016 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).
  • The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) prepares regular surveys to measure progress on the ground.

In past years 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 Roma Education Fund (REF)
The Center for Policy Studies
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)
the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG)

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