Press release regarding the events in the National Council of the Roma national minority

Standing Conference of Roma Associations of Citizens (SKRUG) - League Roma continues to conduct its activities concerning the implementation of policies within the second Decade of Roma in Serbia and the improvement of the status of Roma community in Serbia through the perspective of Serbia's accession to EU and its personal social responsibility for the position and financial status of the Roma community in Serbia. At the meeting held by the Presidency of SKRUG – League of Roma the following press release was issued: The crisis in the National Council of the Roma national minority in Serbia is the result of a year-long undefined policy of state authorities regarding national councils to accept and increase responsibility towards the particular community and the entire society, which points to recent events in the National Council of Roma minority failing to benefit the community and the citizens of Serbia. A current block in the operation of the National Council of Roma minority is an obstacle in the process of proposing and adopting the new national strategy for the integration of Roma and defining the measures for action plans within the process of EU accession. The institute of cultural autonomy of the National Council of Roma minority has been jeopardized. SKRUG – League of Roma appeals to the competent authorities to uphold legal procedures and enable the operation of the National Council of Roma national minority.

Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015
Presidency of Montenegro

Statement of the 26th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015

Podgorica, June 20, 2014
The 26th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion (the ISC) discussed the future of the Decade. Governments and Roma civil society representatives again noted the need for streamlining and harmonizing the processes of the Decade and the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. To that end, the ISC urges all Decade partners to ensure:
1) A unified, public reporting process by governments on progress in Roma integration and inclusion, that focuses on concrete indicators; and
2) Active participation of Decade participating governments in EU sponsored meetings related to Roma integration.

The ISC also requests that the European Commission and Decade participating governments from EU Member States takes up the question of enlargement country participation in the meetings of National Roma Contact Points at the next such meeting and their involvement in the work undertaken at EU level in regards to setting up indicators for measuring progress in Roma integration.

Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015
Presidency of Montenegro

Statement of the 26th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015

Podgorica, June 20, 2014
The 26th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion (the ISC) discussed the future of the Decade. Governments and Roma civil society representatives again noted the need for streamlining and harmonizing the processes of the Decade and the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. To that end, the ISC urges all Decade partners to ensure:
1) A unified, public reporting process by governments on progress in Roma integration and inclusion, that focuses on concrete indicators; and
2) Active participation of Decade participating governments in EU sponsored meetings related to Roma integration.

The ISC also requests that the European Commission and Decade participating governments from EU Member States takes up the question of enlargement country participation in the meetings of National Roma Contact Points at the next such meeting and their involvement in the work undertaken at EU level in regards to setting up indicators for measuring progress in Roma integration.