Second Roma Integration Award for the Western Balkans and Turkey

Are you an NGO from the Western Balkans or Turkey and are you running there a successful project to help Roma children, youth and/or young adults? Do you want to win a study trip to Brussels and 10,000 or 5,000 euro on top of that? If yes, don’t hesitate and participate in the Second Roma Integration Award for the Western Balkans and Turkey! Send us your application by e-mail by 31 October.
Did you know?
It is estimated that about 1 million Roma1 live in the Western Balkans, 2.8 million in Turkey and 6.2 million in the EU. Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority. They face continued exclusion, segregation and discrimination.
The EU’s policy on Roma inclusion, integration and empowerment is placed within an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 adopted by the European Commission in 2011. Within that framework, all 28 EU Member States and all 7 candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership adopted their National Roma Integration Strategies which they now put in practice.
In June 2016, the Commission adopted its annual report on Roma integration that stresses the following as regards the candidate countries and potential candidates:
·          Roma integration continues to be a priority in the enlargement process.
·          Enough funding must be ensured to carry out integration measures.
·          Attention should focus on implementation by local authorities.
·          Roma community should be involved in planning, implementation and monitoring.
·          Focus on results on the ground to reduce the gap between Roma and non-Roma.
Find out more:
·          EU and Roma
·          Watch a film about Roma
·          Watch a short video “A Better Future for Roma” in candidate countries and potential candidates.
Participating in the Second Roma Integration Award
Firstly, read carefully the Contest Rules in: Englishpdf(386 kB)shqippdf(392 kB)bosanskipdf(397 kB)hrvatskipdf(391 kB)македонскиpdf(419 kB),crnogorskipdf(396 kB)srpskipdf(396 kB)Türkçepdf(404 kB)
Then, fill out the Application Formmsw8(63 kB) and the Declaration of Honourmsw8(77 kB) (in English only).
Finally, send your application, i.e. the filled out Application Form and the filled out, dated and signed Declaration of Honour, by e-mail to:
NEAR-ROMA-INTEGRATION-AWARD@ec.europa.eu
by 31 October 2016 23:59:59 (arrival time registered by the European Commission IT system).
Here you find Questions&Answerspdf(183 kB) related to the award.


1 As it is most commonly used in EU policy documents and discussions, the term “Roma” refers to a variety of different groups of people who describe themselves as Roma, Sinti, Kale, Gypsies, Romanichels, Boyash, Ashkali, Egyptians, Yenish, Dom, Lom, Manouches and other, and also includes Travellers, without denying the specificities and varieties of lifestyles and situations of these groups.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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