Representatives of Roma community in Serbia should be more engaged in the process of adopting action plans pertaining to Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma 2016-2025 at national and local level, whereas the civil society organizations engaged in improving the status of Roma should take part in project preparation – these are some of the main findings of the conference on improving the status of Roma through projects funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS in Serbia.
Through the project “Let’s Build a Home Together” funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in cooperation with the City of Belgrade, housing solutions have been provided to 110 Roma families, with 512 family members, through social housing apartments, purchase of rural households, support for reconstruction of the existing houses and other income generating activities. The project “EU support for Roma employment” has enabled employment of 74 persons, whereas 270 Roma have been engaged in active measures of employment.
During the discussions within working groups, the representatives of the Serbian Government, local governments, civil society organizations and international institutions and organisations defined the lessons drawn from the projects dealing with housing, employment, and the inclusion of the Roma. The conclusions made will contribute to the drafting of action plans for the implementation of the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma 2016-2025.