The Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015 is an unprecedented political commitment by European governments to eliminate discrimination against Roma and close the unacceptable gaps between Roma and the rest of society. The Decade focuses on the priority areas of education, employment, health, and housing, and commits governments to take into account the other core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming.

The Decade is an international initiative that brings together governments, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as Romani civil society.

The twelve countries currently taking part in the Decade are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain. Slovenia and the United States have observer status.

The Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 operates according to Decade’s Terms of Reference. Principle operational elements of the Decade are: National Action Plans, policy coordination, exchange of experiences, revision and demonstration of progress, participation of Roma and provision of information and expert support.

The Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 is not another new institution, bureaucracy, or fund. Participating governments must reallocate resources to achieve results, also aligning their plans with funding instruments of multinational, international, and bilateral donors.

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Conference: Do Roma women have the right to safe life?


CARE International Balkans with Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with the National Coordinator of the Decade, Focal Point of the Decade for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Decade Secretariat as well as partner organizations organised a regional conference „Do Roma Women Have the Right to Safe Life?“. The conference was held in Sarajevo, October 15 – 17, 2014. 


Study visit to Brussels


Executive Director of the NGO Young Roma, Mr Jaha Samir, paid a study visit to Brussels from September 28 to October 3. The study visit was organized for representatives of Roma civil society organizations from the EU, the Western Balkans and Turkey.


27th meeting of the Decade's International Steering Committee


Sarajevo was the host of the 27th meeting of the International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, the first under the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, held on 29 and 30 September. The meeting was officially opened by the Minister for Human Rights and Refugees, g. Damir Ljubić, who emphasized that BiH has achieved good results in the inclusion of Roma, although this country joined the Decade initiative with certain delay. 


Report on National Strategy for Integration of Roma and Decade Action Plan launched


The report "Monitoring of civil society on the implementation of the National Strategy for Integration of Roma and the Action Plan of the Decade of Roma in Montenegro" for 2012 and 2013 was prepared by a coalition of non-governmental organizations consisting of Civic Alliance (lead organization), the Association of Egyptians, Centre for Roma Initiatives, Forum MNE and NGO "ROSE".




United we reach more!


Scholarships for Roma high school students




Roma in media