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Zeljko Jovanovic, Open Society Foundation
Zeljko Jovanovic from Open Society Foundation. Photo: Christope Vander Eecken

Cooperation with other partners

Roma inclusion is a European challenge that also requires joint efforts. Our programmes targeting Roma are therefore developed in close cooperation between the authorities in the beneficiary countries, public entities in the donor states, international organisations and non-governmental organisations with competence in this area.

Policy coordination is a way of enhancing impact. This is why the EEA and Norway Grants have established a partnership with the Council of Europe, in a number of programmes relevant for Roma inclusion, as well as close cooperation with the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and other EU bodies. The Grants also work closely with the Open Society Foundation.

Programmes have been through a thorough process before approval to ensure that they are in line with national Roma integration strategies in the beneficiary countries.

Council of Europe
The Council of Europe (CoE) has long been engaged in setting standards on human rights and furthering democracy and the rule of law across Europe. The EEA and Norway Grants entered into partnership with the Council of Europe to enhance democratic principles and promote international standards in the grant schemes. The Council of Europe is for example providing expertise as programme partner in a number of programmes targeting Roma inclusion.

The EU
The Grants cooperate closely with the European Commission and the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). The Agency's data and analysis form an important backdrop and baseline for programmes under the Grants dealing with Roma inclusion.

Open Society Foundations (OSF)
The Grants cooperate broadly with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in programmes and projects targeting Roma inclusion.  The Grants have likewise developed close cooperation with the Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) in the design and implementation of the NGO programmes.

Platforms of cooperation
The Grants are associated to several formal and informal platforms of cooperation on Roma inclusion, including the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM), the EU Platform on Roma Inclusion, the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 and the Coalition of International Organisations on Roma Inclusion (joining the World Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank, UNDP, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and Open Society Foundations)