Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025
The New EU Roma strategic framework issued by the EC in 2020 presents a unique opportunity to extensively revise and upgrade policies aiming to promote that equality, inclusion and participation of Romani European citizens. The ambitious targets of the new EU framework can only be met by 2030 if Roma organisations participate substantially in their design, implementation, and monitoring.
The Roma Civil Monitor (RCM) 2021-2025 aims at contributing to this objective in several ways:
– Strengthening the capacities of the Roma and pro-Roma civil society to provide independent monitoring, assessment and reporting on national strategies for Roma equality, participation and inclusion, their implementation, as well as other policies with impact on Roma,
– Supporting participating civil society organisations and activists in their advocacy work aimed at making the public policy more effective in fighting the Roma exclusion and participation, as well as communication of the independent monitoring’s findings to keep governments accountable in the field or Roma inclusion policy,
– Empowering the Roma and pro-Roma civil society to engage in dialogue and cooperation with public authorities responsible for the Roma inclusion, equality, and fight against racism.
In the upcoming four years, the initiative will be implemented by a consortium of highly acknowledged organisations working internationally for Roma equality, participation and inclusion at international level: Democracy Institute of the Central European University (CEU, project leader), ERGO Network, Fundatión Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).
The new RCM initiative 2021-2025 builds on the lessons learnt and good practice from the RCM pilot project 2017-2020 implemented by the Central European University, in partnership with the members of the current project’s consortium and the Roma Education Fund. Innovations of the new project include a ‘cascade model’ aimed at strengthening the coordinators of the national civil society coalitions, more actions aimed at capacity-building of the members of the national coalitions and their systematic support in engaging in the dialogue, advocacy and cooperation with national stakeholders.
The RCM 2021-2025 project with full title “Preparatory action – Roma Civil Monitoring: Strengthening capacity and involvement of Roma and pro-Roma civil society in policy monitoring and review” has been initiated by the European Parliament and is managed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG Just).
The call for civil society organisations, coalitions, and activists from all member states (with exception of Malta) to join the initiative will be published in mid-October 2021.
The official project page will be published in the upcoming weeks.
Marek Hojsik, CEU, HojsikM@ceu.edu
Gabriela Hrabanova, ERGO Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Rorke, ERRC, email@example.com
Belen Sanchez, FSG, firstname.lastname@example.org