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EU and Eurodiaconia update on Roma issues. Brussels, BE. Who are we?. Platform for diaconal actors in 22 European countries Diaconal department of churches (Church of Sweden) Church related providers of social and health services (Sleska Diakonia)

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who are we
Who are we?
  • Platform for diaconal actors in 22 European countries
    • Diaconal department of churches (Church of Sweden)
    • Church related providers of social and health services (Sleska Diakonia)
    • Christian based providers of social and health services (Kofoedskole)

Volunteering in Diaconia

mission statement
Mission statement

Eurodiaconia represents a dynamic, Europe wide community of organisations founded in the Christian faith and working in the tradition of Diaconia, who are committed to a Europe of solidarity, equality and justice.

Volunteering in Diaconia

vision statement
Vision statement

As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage the wider society. We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.

Volunteering in Diaconia

our goals
Our Goals
  • Change through Praxis
  • Change through Advocacy
  • Change through Identity and Values

Volunteering in Diaconia

how we work
HOW WE WORK

Eurodiaconia members

influence

information

European Union

Eurodiaconia

Eurodiaconia members

Eurodiaconia members

participation

Eurodiaconia members

access

participation

Eurodiaconia – an overview

roma eu developments
Roma – EU Developments

The story so far...

  • APRIL 2011
    • European Commission proposed a European Framework for National Strategies on Roma Integration
  • MAY 2011
    • Employment and Social Affairs Council adopted Council Conclusions on the subject
  • JUNE 2011
    • European Council (EU heads of government) endorsed the Roma Strategy

Eurodiaconia

eu developments
EU developments
  • Member States had to submit national Roma integration strategies by December 2011
  • European Commission in process of asessing the national strategies
  • European Platform for Roma Inclusion next meeting: 22 March 2012, Brussels

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the european platform for roma integration
…The European Platform for Roma Integration
  • The platform meetings chaired by the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council (this time Denmark)
  • Brings together national governments, the EU, international organisations and Roma civil society representatives (Eurodiaconia invited to participate)
  • Agenda: How to measure that the strategies have an impact on the ground? What resources are foreseen to enable the National Contact Points to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the national strategies? How do MS secure commitment and involvement of regional and local authorities to the implementation?

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how do we work on roma issues
How do we work on roma issues?
  • Annual Network Meetings
  • Advocacy /lobbying
  • Working through partnerships
  • Website, e-news and network page
  • Providing members with resources and tools

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advocacy
Advocacy
  • Wrote ecumenical contribution together with CCME on EU Framework after joint consultation meeting in Budapest
  • Encourage members to take contact with National Contact Points
    • Letter template
  • Contribution to consultation on Recommendation on Child poverty end 2012 (Roma and migration section)
  • Written contribution: analysis of the national Roma integration strategies
    • Input from this meeting and other feedback from members will be sent to Task Force in the European Commission

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partners
Partners
  • Joint Consultation meeting with CCME in Budapest 2011
  • Joint written contribution with CCME
  • Current mapping exercise with CCME
    • Internal reference document (more detailed)
    • Document on website with basic project and contact information
    • Aim to finish mid April

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website e news and network page
Website, e-news and network page
  • Roma Network page
    • Online space to network
    • Upload and download, share documents and resources
    • Calendar of events and a blog
    • Contact list of all the members of that online network
  • Roma Network e-news
    • Monthly issue
    • Contributions welcome

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eurodiaconia resources and tools
Eurodiaconia Resources and tools
  • Eurodiaconia policy paper on social rights for Roma
  • Briefing for members on social rights for Roma
  • Ecumenical contribution on the EU Framework (also CCME)
  • Future Reference document (mapping underway!)
  • Template letter to national contact points

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what is next
What is next?
  • What do we want to get out of this meeting?
  • Help assess national strategies to feed back to the European Commission – then essentially to member states
  • Discuss how you can get involved in the process at local, regional or national level
  • Next steps for the Network (tomorrow)

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analysing the nris
Analysing the nris
  • Today: group work
  • Tomorrow: feedback in plenary and writing of key messages.
  • First let’s remind ourselves of the EU Framework….

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eurodiaconia s analysis of the eu framework
Eurodiaconia’s analysis of the EU framework
  • The document takes an integrated approach including targets for health, housing, education and employment
  • Churches and religious organisations are mentioned twice.
  • The two-way process of integration is highlighted
  • The document states that the national strategies must be consistent with National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and the Europe 2020 strategy.
  • Looks beyond the EU to enlargement countries
  • The need to simplify procedures for accessing funds has been highlighted.

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shortcomings in the document
Shortcomings in the document
  • A long term perspective is missing
  • The education goals are not very ambitious
  • Targets for Member States are not explicit enough and it is not clear what happens if Member States do not implement their strategies effectively.
  • There is no mention of the issues concerning identification documentation and statelessness
  • There is no mention of how to change discriminatory attitudes of majority societies

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over to you
Over to you…

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