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Coordination meeting of the Roma Civil Monitor project in Budapest [editar]

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Coordination meeting of the Roma Civil Monitor project in Budapest

Fundación Secretariado Gitano, as one of the coordinating entities of the project, developed workshops to support the political advocacy carried out by the NGOs that participate in the Roma Civil Monitor.

From 22 to 24 May, coordinators of the national coalitions that make up the Roma Civil Monitor project (RCM, (“Preparatory action – Roma Civil Monitoring – Strengthening capacity and involvement of Roma and pro-Roma civil society in policy monitoring and review”) met in Budapest.

During the meeting there was a special focus on advocacy, one of the most relevant components of this edition of the RCM, together with NGO capacity building. In addition, during these days, the coalitions have received information for creating the second monitoring reports on the implementation of the National Roma Strategic Frameworks. They also had several training sessions, including the introductory session of a course on public policy analysis, a training on the possible uses of AI to improve communication and a session on how to address antigypsyism in policy and legal advocacy.

The meeting also aimed to strengthen the NGO network and transnational cooperation, getting to know each other better and sharing the main findings of the RCM so far.

What is the Roma Civil Monitor

The Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025 is a follow-up to the Roma Civil Monitor pilot project 2017-2020 and aims at involving at least 90 Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations and individuals from 26 EU Member States (Malta is not included) in monitoring and reporting mainly on the Member States’ national Roma strategic frameworks (NRSF) but also other policies concerning Roma. The initiative contributes to building the capacity of the national Roma and pro-Roma civil societies providing them with systematic support in engaging in the dialogue, advocacy and cooperation with national stakeholders.

The Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025 initiative is implemented by a consortium led by the Democracy Institute of the Central European University (DI/CEU), and including European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network (ERGO Network)Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), under a service contract with the European Commission’s Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG Just).

Photography by Ana Rozanova

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