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18/10/2021 - 16:02
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RE mediators awarded with certificates

The Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights and the German organisation "Help" organised an event awarding certificates to participants who finished the training for associates in the social inclusion of Roma and Egyptians in the area of health care, social care, and employment.

As part of “Social inclusion of Roma and Egyptians through Mediation,” the project was implemented within the joint Programme of the European Union and Montenegro for employment, education and social protection, which is co-financed by the European Union and the Government of Montenegro. The project is implemented by Help in partnership with the municipalities of Podgorica, Ulcinj, and Berane, while the beneficiary institution is the Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights.

The aim of the project is for trained mediators in social inclusion to provide assistance to citizens of the Roma and Egyptian populations in exercising their rights in the areas of social care, health care, and employment.

The Human Rights Adviser in the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Frieda Wuenschmann, said that she was very glad that the EU had decided to finance this project with half a million Euros together with the Government of Montenegro.


“The project, which is implemented by our partner the NGO Help, is yet another demonstration of our long-lasting commitment to support Montenegro in ensuring the complete integration of the RE population. It is also important to commend Montenegro’s efforts in including and integrating Roma and Egyptians in the fields of culture, education, local self-government, media and socio-economic rights. This is very important for Montenegro’s EU accession negotiations in Chapter 19 on Social policy and employment. The work of the RE mediators is meant to ensure better communication and co-operation between the RE community and the Montenegrin authorities and is based on the best practices Help developed in previous projects,” said Wuenschmann.

Wuenschmann believes that it is very important that the mediators are mostly from the RE community because of their knowledge of the language, culture and history. As she said, it is important that this model will be applied throughout the country. She said that the government and institutions should systematise jobs for mediators, namely in the work of local and state bodies.

Bojan Bozovic, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights, emphasised that the Ministry is the beneficiary institution of this project. He thanked the EU for the allocated funds, with the contribution from the budget of Montenegro, he concluded.

"I want to emphasise that this project is in line with the commitment of the Government of Montenegro and the line Ministry to create and implement a policy for faster and full social inclusion, as well as for improving the economic situation of the Roma and Egyptian populations," said Bozovic.

Help's mediator Dijamant Pajazitaj, who already has many years of mediation experience, but who also went through this certified training, thanked the EU and the Government of Montenegro for supporting Help's idea. He thanked the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights for their support in motivating young people from the RE population to get involved in this project and undergo training.

“My involvement in Help over the past four years has shown that as much as our population needs us, so do our institutions. Because we not only helped our community, but at the same time we helped the institutions and made their work easier. I am especially happy that we have created a network in 11 municipalities,” said Pajazitaj.

Contracts with mediators were signed by Klaus Mock, Regional Help Coordinator, who expressed satisfaction that the institute which Help introduced several years ago, was recognised as an important part in further integrating the RE population in Montenegro, as well as in receiving the support of Montenegrin institutions and the EU.

In total, 43 mediators were trained in health care, social care, and employment, and 38 of them received certificates and will be deployed in 11 Montenegrin municipalities in the next year.


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