From Schleswig Holstein to Western Balkans: a new project launch

gizlogo-unternehmen-de-rgb-300ECMI is pleased to announce a new project launch in cooperation with GIZ, FUEN and the State Chancellery of Schleswig Holstein.

Vulnerable groups, including Roma, are the focus of the new initiative recently launched by the State Chancellery of Schleswig Holstein in cooperation with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). The project implementation partners are the ECMI (European Centre for Minority Issues) and FUEN (Federal Union of European Nationalities),  both of them actively involved in sharing Schleswig-Holstein’s experience to the target groups. The project aims to introduce the Schleswig-Holstein model to the local actors in the Western Balkans and to increase access of Roma to municipal services. The direct target group of the project are members of the (pro-) Roma NGOs and local governments in Serbia, Macedonia, BiH and Kosovo.

Internationally acknowledged as a “Good Practice Model”, the state of Schleswig-Holstein (SH) aims to share its experience and together with FUEN and the ECMI to actively contribute to the participation of minorities in other parts of Europe. Learning from the experience of the German-Danish border region will be the overall objective of this initiative, while the focus will be on the accessibility of municipal services to Roma.

As a first, introductory activity within the project, two regional trainings will be organized in Skopje (Macedonia) and Belgrade (Serbia) between 10-16 July 2016. The team of speakers from the ECMI, FUEN, the State Chancellery of Schleswig Holstein and the GIZ will conduct two-day trainings to introduce the local participants to the protection of minorities in SH and establish a network. Representatives of local municipalities and NGOs are invited. The content of the trainings was comprehensively designed according the needs of the target groups, as identified with questionnaires. The programme includes lectures, presentations, discussion sessions, and interactive workshops.

Later stages of the initiative include an introduction to specific projects for minorities and the development of the municipalities’ own project ideas.

You can follow the ECMI social media profiles for live updates during the training sessions. For any questions, please contact Ms. Tamari Bulia.

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