ROMACT is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, implemented with the support of the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion to promote the inclusion of Roma at local and regional level. This initiative will build capacity of local and regional authorities (targeting both elected officials and senior civil servants, but also in the middle/long term Roma population and the population of pilot municipalities at large) to develop and implement plans and projects for Roma inclusion.
The ROMACT project intends to improve accountability, inclusiveness and responsiveness of local authorities towards Roma citizens and thereby on the delivery of services. It is about building up political will and sustained policy engagement through general capacity-building at local and regional levels through the elaboration of sustainable plans and projects for Roma Inclusion.
In particular, ROMACT is set out to:
- Build the capacity of local authorities to perform their roles and responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner when it comes to implementation of policies and practices that improve Roma inclusion, particularly to become more citizen-oriented, responsive and accountable;
- Support the establishment and enforcement of mechanisms and processes promoting and ensuring good governance standards and effective integrated development efforts covering the dimensions of education, employment, health, housing, urban development and culture;
- Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, ownership and sustainability of local policies, measures and delivery of services.
Cooperation with other programmes:
The project will be implemented in close cooperation with the ROMED2 Programme of the Council of Europe and MERI/MtM Programme of the Open Society Foundations, and a monitoring programme of EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) to achieve optimal impact at local level. By working together, the four initiatives will be mutually reinforcing, forming a comprehensive package of services that will be mobilised to respond to local needs.
For more information on the European Alliance for Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion, please visit our webpage: www.roma-alliance.org
For more information on ROMED2 please visit our webpage: www.coe-romed.org