7 July 2008 – The integration of ethnic Roma repatriated citizens and the possibility to apply the Romanian model in the Serbian society are the topics of an exchange of experience conducted between the governmental officials from Serbia and the representatives of the Romanian authorities, in a project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) through the program on official assistance for development.

This week, the delegates from Serbia met with their counterparts from the agency and the line ministries, and with experts from the civil society and the UN agencies active in this field.

According to a press release of MFA, the discussions focused on reintegration of repatriated citizens, prevention of secondary migration, integrating the Roma population and Romania’s experience in these areas.

The Serbian delegation also visited a Roma community from the county of Ilfov and attended meetings with the local administration authorities and the County Public Health Authority to assess the integrated model for healthcare and community social work, the topics discussed being legal registration, healthcare and social work for the Roma population.

The visit is part of a project funded by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the program on assistance for development 2007-2008 and implemented by UNFPA – the United Nations Fund for Population Activities. The value of the program is EUR 180,000, with funds donated from the Romanian budget as assistance for development, intended for Serbia and the Republic of Moldova.

Source: divers