- Published: 17 May 2018
Deep crisis in the overall political framework for Romа integration and growth of anti-gypsyism, found a Civil Monitoring Report on the implementation of the National Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria for Roma Integration. Discrimination remains a serious obstacle, especially in terms of housing conditions. Positive development exists only in the field of education, as it is mainly related to the measures to ensure full inclusion of children, but not to the implementation of policies for desegregation of neighborhood "Roma" schools.
The 2016-17 report includes thematic chapters on governance (including the use of European funds for Roma integration), anti-discrimination, anti-gypsyism, the effect of basic education policies, and a local research in Plovdiv. Organizations recommend concrete measures to executive institutions, the National Assembly, the Commission for Protection against Discrimination, the Ombudsman, the local authorities. These include the establishment of a new policy-consultation framework to replace the non-functioning The National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues in Bulgaria; programs for training and hiring Roma professionals (teachers, doctors, social workers, employment specialists, police officers, etc.); legislative changes to the legalization of constructive buildings that are the only housing for their occupants; the establishment of an effective National Communication Strategy to change the negative attitudes towards the Roma; a real start of the desegregation of the so-called "Roms" schools; abolition of mandatory pre-school fees. Recommendations are also made to Roma organizations and activists who should build consensus on some key issues.
The report for Bulgaria is made by Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance "Amalipe", "World Without Borders" NGO - St. Zagora, SF "Indiroma" - Kuklen, Roma Academy for Culture and Education - Sliven and Gender Alternatives Foundation - Plovdiv. It is approved by the European Commission in early May. It is part of a pilot initiative run by the European Commission and coordinated by the Central European University, implemented in all EU countries with the active involvement of national NGOs. In Bulgaria, the initiative is carried out by a consortium of nine organizations, coordinated by the Amalipe.
The report on Bulgaria, as well as similar reports for other EU countries, can be found on the Central European University website https://cps.ceu.edu/roma-civil-monitor-reports