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Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society, as a Support Organization the Local Office of the Council of Europe in Belgrade, held meetings in all 14 local self-governments for the needs of the joint ROMACTED II program: “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at the local level”. In the period from 6-8th July 2021. BFPE visited Nis, Prokuplje, Vrnjacka Banja, Krusevac and Zajecar, which put an end to the first round of initial visits to cities and municipalities selected for the second phase of the program.

Dusica Davidovic, the deputy mayor, attended the initial meeting in front of city of Nis. In Prokuplje, the meeting in front of the city was attended by Miladin Milosavljevic, Zvonko Krstic, Srdjan Jordacijevic (all in front of the department for social activities in the city administration of Prokuplje) and Igor Stojanovic, a member of the cabinet in charge of media relations. Vrnjacka Banja was represented by Ivan Dzatic, deputy mayor, Jasmina Trifunovic, a member of the mayor’s cabinet, and Dejan Pavlovic, a Roma coordinator.

The city of Kruševac was represented by Jelena Todorović, assistant mayor for social activities and Zorana Pavlović from the department for social activities. Zajecar was represented by Vladimir Videnović, Deputy Mayor, Ivana Živić and Đurđica Tomić Panić on behalf of the Office for Local Economic Development, as well as Miljan Rašić from the Association of Citizens “Roma Society”.

Marina Vasić, Regional Manager for the ROMACTED Program, was present on behalf of the Council of Europe, while the Foundation BFPE was represented as a Support Organization the second phase of the ROMACTED program in Serbia by program coordinator and focal point Svetlana Stefanović and program assistant Radomir Aleksić.

In the cities and municipalities that were part of the first phase of the program, the results and experiences in the implementation of the program so far were presented, as well as innovations and further steps in the implementation of the second phase. It was emphasized that the second phase represents support to both local authorities and the Roma community to recognize common challenges, but also potential cooperation for mutual benefit.

You can read more about the program HERE.

ROMACTED II is a joint program of the European Union and the Council of Europe, which is a continuation of the first phase of the ROMACTED program in the Western Balkans and Turkey (2017-2020)

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