THE STABILITY PACT II
During the last decade the Roma
populations, in particular in South Eastern Europe, have been hit by instability
and turmoil. They often have been the victims of forced migration and are still
today refugees or displaced persons. Their social and economic situation already
precarious has been deteriorating throughout this period with serious
consequences on education of children and employment. Though in most cases, the
Governments realised the necessity to improve the situation of Roma, a
comprehensive policy involving all relevant actors, and first of all the Roma
themselves, has been usually lacking.
It is in this context that the Council of Europe and the OSCE-ODIHR, together
with the financial support of the European Commission, decided to jointly
address those issues in the framework of the Stability Pact through a Project
entitled “Roma under the Stability Pact”.
The programme aimed to promote the
status of the Roma population and is composed of 3 elements:
a. addressing the most acute crisis situations;
b. policy development on Roma affairs;
c. participation of Roma in civil society.
Following its mandate, the Council of Europe has concentrated its action on the
second area. The project aims also at maximising cooperation and complementarity
between the three Organisations in the field of Roma-related activities,
avoiding overlaps and/or duplication of activities. Council of Europe member
States such as Germany and Austria also financially contributed to activities
for Roma under the Stability Pact.
More information about
activities on Roma carried out within the framework of the Stability Pact are
available through the following links:
Calendar of Activities: 2005 -
Interim Report to the European Commission
to the European Commission (soon available)
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