European Commission (Directorate General Justice and Consumers) has entrusted a Consortium of 9 institutions from Slovenia and Serbia the implementation of 2-years (2019-2021) project titled ˝Respect of diversity as a cornerstone for integration of Roma through employment – the case of Slovenia and Serbia˝ (Nr.: 848948). The overall objective of the project is to combat the discrimination of Roma with emphasis on the labour market and this contributing to the integration of Roma into mainstream society in Slovenia and Serbia.

Specific objectives of the project:

  • To explore the reasons and methods of discriminating Roma regarding employment by employers on one and the viewpoints of Roma regarding these issues on the other side;
  • To research and analyse other issues, which hinder the employment of Roma (with emphasis on Roma women and youth);
  • To raise awareness of employers, of Roma, of municipalities’ and other stakeholders, which work on social inclusion of Roma and of general public on importance of combating discrimination of Roma in the process of employment;
  • To propose improvements of human and institutional capacities of stakeholders which have impact on social inclusion of Roma;
  • To elaborate adequate recommendations to the target groups involved and of proposals for the improvement of instruments concerning education, vocational training and employment in the frame of sustainable development on national and local level and
  • To exchange and share best practices and experiences between stakeholders in Serbia and Slovenia (nationally and internationally) and disseminate best practices in the region of Western Balkans and Europe.

Main project activities:

ZAPROM research activities:

  • Elaboration of 2 National databases;
  • Realisation of in-depths interviews (90 interviews altogether);
  • Preparation of 2 national reports and 1 overall integral expert study report and
  • Publishing of 4 expert articles published in expert journals.

ZAPROM training and awareness raising activities:

  • Organisation of 2 workshops ˝Discrimination will not stop me to find a job˝ (for Roma with emphasis on Roma women and youth);
  • Organisation of 2 seminars ˝Am I aware of discriminatory behaviour in the process of hiring of new colleagues?˝ (for CEO and human resource department personnel of public and private enterprises) and
  • Organisation of 2 seminars ˝How can I help Roma to improve their employability˝ (for local stakeholder and experts dealing with Roma inclusion activities).

ZAPROM policy development:

  • Elaboration of 2 Multi-stakeholder methodology/model of good practices for Roma inclusion;
  • Elaboration of 2 Roma employment strategies as supplement to the diversity charter;
  • Elaboration of project recommendations and
  • Organisation of Expert round table on Roma employment opportunities.

Foreseen project results:

  • Empowered members of Roma community, especially women and youth for accessing the labour market and their increased employment rate and thus improved their socio-economic situation in long term;
  • Diminished stereotypes of Roma among CEOs and relevant personnel of public and private enterprises and as a consequence more employment opportunities for Roma, especially women and youth;
  • Increased human and institutional capacities of local stakeholder and experts dealing with Roma inclusion activities;
  • Improved national and local instruments and programs dedicated to employment, education, health and functioning of local communities with proposals concerning the specific needs of Roma, especially employment opportunities for them;
  • Elaborated practical examples for implementing the diversity charter in Slovenia and promotion of it in Serbia;
  • Raised awareness of majority people on the barriers emanating from discrimination and other reasons with which are Roma confronted in their endeavours for integration with emphasis on discrimination in labour market;
  • Elaborated model of good practices which will ensure the sustainability of project’s results and could be transferred and implemented in other Western Balkans and EU countries with similar circumstances.

Project partners:

  • ISCOMET - Inštitut za etnične in regionalne študije (coordinator of the project)
  • Zavod za izobraževanje in kulturo Črnomelj
  • Zveza Romov Slovenije
  • Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport Republike Slovenije
  • Institut društvenih nauka (Srbija)
  • YUROM Centar (Srbija)
  • Centar za istraživanje etniciteta (Srbija)
  • Udruženje ombudsmana Srbije (Srbija)
  • Edukativni centar Roma (Srbija)


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This project is funded by the European Union's Right, Equality and Citizenship Justice Programme (2014-2020).