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The Mutiregional Operational Programme Fight Against Discrimination emerged with the purpose of fighting against the discrimination of women and of social groups at risk of exclusion.

Managed by five non-profit organisations (Caritas, Spanish Red Cross, Fundación ONCE, Fundación Luis Vives and Fundación Secretariado Gitano) and five public agencies (IMSERSO, Woman’s Institute, Directorate General of Integration of Immigrants, Directorate General of Immigration and Penitentiary Institutions), the OP Fight Against Discrimination offers an opportunity for social organisations to assume the challenge of managing Structural Funds directly.

MANAGING OPERATORS OF THE OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME FIGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
MANAGING OPERATORS OF THE OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME FIGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

History

Acceder was born in 2000. It was built upon a pilot experience previously developed in Madrid in 1998 and 1999 (INTEGRA) and framed within the Operational Programme Fight Against Discrimination.


First logo of the programme, 1998
First logo of the programme, 1998

During the First Operational Programme 2000-2006, the objective of Acceder was to improve the employability of the Roma population and to promote Roma access to salaried employment. The FSG established the groundwork to offer broad territorial coverage, with the implantation of 49 support centres distributed across 14 regions of Spain.

Furthermore, it established an extensive partnership network with administrations and companies. These actions have generated a progressive change in mentalities, both among Roma families towards salaried employment and among public administrations and private companies towards the Roma community.

Acceder logo in 2000
Acceder logo in 2000

During the Second Operational Programme 2007-2013, Acceder’s primary purpose becomes the improvement of working conditions, permanence in employment, advancements in the inclusion of immigrant Roma persons and the incidence in formative aspects with a view to improving the academic level and qualifications of beneficiaries.

Furthermore, the FSG launched new lines of action built on interventions initiated in the first Operational Programme: it generalised itineraries of access to self-employment; consolidated the work realized in the framework of protected employment initiatives; initiated the study, evaluation and constitution of labour insertion companies; and intensifies its work at the European level, for instance by transferring the Acceder programme to Romania.

Acceder logo, 2007
Acceder logo, 2007

Today, the Acceder programme has proven to constitute a powerful instrument for the social inclusion of the Roma community by bringing the latter closer to employment; an initiative oriented to efficacy, quality, transparency and management rigour.

Work of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Cáritas, Spanish Red Cross and Fundación Once of the OP Fight Against Discrimination with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security

Honours and awards

The Acceder programme has received numerous distinctions, which suppose an incentive, a responsibility and a commitment to developing its action ever more effectively. The following may be highlighted among others:

  • Best Practice "Promoting the labour inclusion of Roma in Spain" International Labour Organization (OIT Labour Office. Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe.- 2016). 
  • Selected as Good Practice among “Roma Stories from around the EU” accompanying the European Commission’s 2013 “Communication Steps Forward in Implementing National Roma Integration Strategies” and “Proposal of a Council Recommendation on Effective Roma Integration Measures”. European Commission, 2013.
  • Selected as Good Practice in social inclusion by the European Commission in the presentation of its Social Investment Package along with the rest of the operators of the “Multiregional Operational Programme Fight Against Discrimination”. European Commission 2013.
  • Good Practice at ‘Replicated’ (or ‘Best’) level in favour of Roma employment. Council of Europe, 2012.
  • Good Practice Model in Training and Employment. Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, 2011.
  • “CAM Integra Prize” for projects improving the quality of life and the social integration of particularly vulnerable groups. Caja del Mediterráneo, 2009.
  • Good Practice Model with the recommendation to transfer it to Central and Eastern Europe. High Level Group of the European Commission for the Social and Labour Integration of Ethnic Minorities, 2008.
  • Example of Good Practice of European Social Inclusion Plans. Operational Programme Fight Against Discrimination. European Commission, 2007.
  • Example of Good Practice. Operational Progrmme Fight Against Discrimination. National Social Inclusion Plan, Spain, 2006-2008.
  • “GOOD” qualification in WORLD HABITAT AWARDS. Good practice model for the improvement of living conditions. UN HABITAT. United Nations, 2006.
  • Example of Good Practice for the development of the Social Awareness-raising Campaign “Know them before judging them”. European Social Fund, 2005.
  • Good Practice example of the promotion of vulnerable persons’ access to work. Ministers of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of the European Union, 2004.
  • “BEST” qualification in WORLD HABITAT AWARDS. Good practice model for the improvement of living conditions. UN HABITAT. United Nations, 2004.
  • Example of Good Practice for its level of effectiveness, its insertion rates and its contribution both to Equal Opportunities and to the European Strategy for Employment as well as to National Action Plans for Employment. European Social Fund, 2003.
  • Good Practice Model. National Action Plan for Employment of Spain, 2001.

Acceder in the media

New York Times. 5 December 2010
“In Spain, Gypsies find easier path to integration”

ABC – Castile and León Edition. 30 March 2012
“Nosotros sí trabajamos”

European Commission. Video produced for the II European Summit on Actions and Policies in favour of the Roma Population.

Do we really know the Roma?
The Roma community constitutes the largest minority in the European Union with the 2004 enlargement. One of the best practices of projects financed by Structural Funds is the Acceder programme, which has achieved great success in the integration of the Roma population into the labour market. It is important to start from the best practices that may produce the same positive effects in other Member States.
Declaration by Vladimir Spidla, former EU Commissioner for Employment, during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the European Social Fund in Spain, June 2007.

Country factsheets: Spain, with reference to the campaign "When I grow up I want to be..."

Roma stories from across the EU: Spain, with reference to the Acceder programme