Our Roma Civil Monitor project’s first monitoring cycle has been completed, and reports on the quality of the Member States’ new National Roma Strategic Frameworks (NRSFs) are now available. In addition, an RCM synthesis report that summarizes findings from the RCM country reports served as one of the sources of the 2022 EC Communication that assesses the new NRSFs. Therefore, the Roma Week offered an appropriate opportunity to present selected findings from the RCM’s first monitoring cycle.
The event, titled "Roma Civil Monitoring’s selected findings on Roma participation and access to housing," was hosted with the kind support of MEP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová from Renew Europe.
It focused on two topics:
- Participation of Roma civil society in the development of the new NRSF and its potential impact on systematically improving Roma civil society’s participation in policymaking.
- Improving the access of Roma to housing with a particular focus on desegregation is one of the areas where the RCM’s ex-ante assessment of new NRSFs identified several weaknesses, including a failure to eliminate residential segregation in isolated rural settlements or urban ghettos.
"When it comes to ownership and responsibility of a particular intervention we found that success or failure often remains on Roma themselves," said Roland Ferkovics, Co-Manager and Project Officer of the project.