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Public consultation seminar on Roma issues in the frame of the EEA and Norwegian grants 2009-2014

The Ministry of European Funds, National Focal Point for the EEA and Norwegian Grants 2009-2014, organized on March 18 the public consultation seminar on Roma issues. Representatives of the NGOs relevant for the Roma issues, of the institutions and entities managing EEA & Norwegian Grants and of the Embassy of Norway in Bucharest attended the event, upon the invitation of the NFP.

During the first part of the meeting, the representatives of the institutions having the role of programme operators presented the concrete manners to fund the projects dedicated to improving conditions for the Roma under the EEA and Norwegian programmes 2009-2014. The second part of the seminar was dedicated to debates on the manner to strengthen the impact of the grants and to reach the proposed outcome.

Context:

The Memoranda of Understanding for the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and for the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, under which Romania benefits from grants amounting to 305.95 million Euro, were signed on March 21, 2012.

According to these documents, the funds allocated for the objective Improving conditions for the Roma amounted to 10% of the total grants, under the following programmes: RO09 – Funds for non-governmental organisations, RO10 – Children and youth at risk and local and regional initiatives to reduce national inequalities and to promote social inclusion, RO11 – Mainstreaming gender equality and promoting work-life balance, RO12 – Conservation and revitalization of cultural and national heritage, RO13 – Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage, RO14 – Research within priority sectors, RO15 - Scholarships, RO19 – Public health initiatives, RO20 – Domestic and gender-based violence, RO21 – Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border and organized crime, including trafficking and itinerant criminal groups, RO23 – Correctional services, including non-custodial sanctions and RO24 – Judicial capacity-building and cooperation.