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Budapest-led URBACT Roma-Net seminar held in Brussels

The URBACT II Roma-Net project dissemination seminar was held in Brussels on 8 November 2012, under the auspices of DG Regional and Urban Policy.

Roma-NeT is a transnational partnership of nine European cities committed to improve the social inclusion and integration of the Roma communities. It follows the URBACT II methodology whereby political decision-makers and local practitioners are involved in the setting up of new innovative solutions, and development of local actions plans to address the challenges of Roma inclusion.  

Mr Lambert van Nistelrooij (MEP, Vice President of Urban Intergroup), called during the seminar for a ‘larger take up of EU Funds and more conditionality attached to social cohesion’ in the coming funding period. Mr Michael Ralph from DG Regional and Urban Policy highlighted the importance of implementing integrated solutions for the Roma issue addressing the fields of education, employment, housing and health.

Bologna, Kosice, Torrent and Nagykallo presented the work they have developed over the past three years in the project.

Cities emphasised the necessity of political engagement and called for a need to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to an integrated approach. They also expressed an often unaddressed need of employing mentors as a way to more effectively combat Roma exclusion.

Mr Miklos Csomos, the Deputy Mayor of Budapest, the project’s leading partner closed the event by reminding participants that this is just the beginning of the journey and that the shared experiences and mutual learning will serve as an excellent starting point.

He highlighted the lessons learned through this project including “the importance of partnership; the inclusion of all stakeholders, and the establishment of sound relationships and synergies.”

For more information about the Roma-Net project go to: http://urbact.eu/en/projects/active-inclusion/roma-net/homepage/

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