EU call on Roma integration initiatives soon opens
On 17 May 2018, the European Commission will open a "Call for proposals to support national or transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration" under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme. This call will aim to co-fund national or transnational projects tackling at least one of the following grounds of discrimination of Art. 19 TFEU: racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
Hence, projects funded in this call should address the following issues:
- Fighting against discrimination based on sexual orientation in society and promoting the rights of LGBTI people.
- Promoting diversity management in the public and private sector: identification of existing practices, measurement of diversity management benefits, and awareness-raising. The proposed activities may be linked to the launch and implementation of Diversity Charters.
- Fighting against anti-gypsyism and various forms of discrimination of Roma – including spatial and schooling segregation, discrimination in (access to) employment and housing, forced evictions – through activities aiming to raise awareness and combat harmful stereotypes of Roma and thereby supporting their integration into mainstream society. Empowering Roma youth, women and children and promoting their participation in developing, implementing and monitoring policies affecting them. Supporting capacity building of Roma and pro-Roma civil society active at the local level.
- Fighting against discrimination based on race and/or ethnic origin (excluding hate speech): through activities contributing to the enforcement and effective implementation of Union law and policy, such as victims' interest representation, independent monitoring and reporting.
Priority will be given to fund at least one project in each of the above-mentioned four priority areas, subject to eligibility and reaching sufficient quality threshold under award criteria.
What kind of activities will be funded?
The programme supports the following activities:
- data collection and survey; monitoring the implementation of non-discrimination legislation;
- training of professionals;
- mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation, including identifying best practices which may be transferable to other participating countries;
- dissemination and awareness raising activities (including at local level), such as seminars, conferences, campaigns or social media and press activities;
- victims' interest representation, independent monitoring and reporting;
- capacity building and empowerment.
Who is eligible?
Eligible applicants and partners must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the programme, or international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.
The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their overseas departments, Iceland and Liechtenstein are participating in the programme.
The call for proposal will be opened on 17 May 2018. Applications can be submitted until 9 October 2018.
Further information on the application procedure can be found at the programme website (see link below).