In light of the fact that the Roma have appreciably worse living conditions compared to the non-minorities in their respective countries, the European Union has developed a framework for national Roma inclusion strategies and promotes policy processes to improve their social inclusion. The ImPRovE project (Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation), supported by the 7th Framework Programme, joins these efforts by putting a strong emphasis within its research agenda on the Roma. The project overviews and evaluates comprehensive social inclusion policy initiatives and socially innovative programmes focused on the Roma, in seven member states: Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, and Italy.
The aim of the conference is twofold.
- To disseminate research results related to policy initiatives focused on the social inclusion of Roma obtained within the frame of the ImPRovE project and other related projects;
- To offer an international platform for knowledge sharing related to the policy programmes focused on Roma in different member states, by involving scholars, project stakeholders and policy makers.
Date: 28 November 2014
Venue: Budapest, Petőfi Literary Museum, H-1053 Budapest Károlyi u. 16
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9.00 – 9.30 Registration, coffee
9.30 – 9.35 Welcome: István György Tóth (TÁRKI)
9.35-9.50 Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerp): Social policy and poverty reduction in Europe
9.50-10.50 Session I. Keynote speeches
- Andrey Ivanov (FRA): The social situation of Roma in the EU and the West-Balkan region – Challenges for social policy
- Gábor Kertesi (Institute of Economics – HAS): The role of education in promoting the social inclusion of the Roma – the need for evidence-based policy
10.50 – 12.10 Session II. Roma strategies in Europe
- Ilona Negro (DG Justice): Roma strategies within the EU
- Márton Rövid (Roma Decade Secretariat): Civil society monitoring of National Roma Integration Strategies
- László Ulicska (Ministry of Human Resources – Secretariat for Social Inclusion): Monitoring the Roma inclusion strategy in Hungary
12.10 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.40 Session III. Programme implementation and programme evaluation
- Anikó Bernát (TÁRKI): Integration policies in practice focused on Roma – results from the ImPRovE project
- Timothy A. Johnston (World Bank): Roma social inclusion programs in Central and Eastern Europe
- Marius Taba (Roma Education Fund): Implementing programs to close the gap between Roma and non-Roma educational outcomes
- Vera Messing (CEU-CPS, HAS CSS): Active labour market policies for Roma – the dilemma of targeting. Findings from the NEUJOBS project
14.40 – 15.00 Coffee break
15.00-16.00 Session IV. Successful local initiatives in education
- Tatiana Sarius (Universita’ degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo): Supporting Roma children in education and social inclusion pathways. A case study in Lecce – Italy
- Anna Csongor (Eötvös Lóránd University – ELTE, Faculty of Social Sciences): The TANODA programme – Hungary
- Erika Godlova (eduRoma): The Šarišské Michaľany project – Slovakia
István György Tóth (TÁRKI): Closing remarks