The EWC took part in the EU, OSCE/ODIHR, Council of Europe joint launching conference of three regional programmes for South East Europe on 27-29 June in Budva, Montenegro.
The three programmes are:
- Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe (EU, CoE)
The overall objective of the programme is to improve respect for human rights, particularly minority protection in practice, by enhancing the capacities of the relevant national bodies and the regional coherence of their activities. The specific objectives are to (1) strengthen the proper implementation of relevant national legislation and promoting best practices and to (2) develop a functioning regional network of the relevant national bodies and exchange of best practices in the field of minority protection at regional level.
2. Best Practices for Roma Integration (EU, OSCE/ODIHR)
The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the integration of minorities in the Western Balkans in accordance with the Beneficiaries’ commitments in the perspective of EU accession. The specific objective is to improve the quality of life and access to rights of the Roma communities in the Western Balkans.
3. Regional Initiative for Inclusive Education (EU, CoE)
Social inclusion is a key challenge for the enlargement region. This programme proposes to enhance social cohesion in the region by promoting inclusive education and training. Specifically, it aims to promote the concept of inclusive education, as well as relevant policies and practices in the formal education system at pre-university level in the Western Balkans through awareness-raising, mutual learning and capacity building measures.
As a main result, pilot projects for inclusive schools will be implemented throughout the region. Pilots are at the centre of this programme, forming the basis for awareness campaigns and networking activities. The key issue is how to move from the pilots to overall reforms and the programme will propose efficient mechanisms in place to ensure this.
For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.osce.org/odihr/91869