Edition: Lublin 2017
Citation method: Ch. Iliadis, ‘Empowering Roma People in Europe: Council of Europe’s Programs on Roma Mediation’, Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2017, pp 73-89.
This paper discusses European attempts at Roma integration, focusing on the Council of Europe (CoE) and its Roma-Mediation (ROMED) programs (both I and II) that use the tools of empowerment and cultural mediation on the local level to promote Roma participation in the decisionmaking process. The aim is to provide an overview of the emergence of Roma integration policies designed and implemented to fight the exclusion many Roma face across Europe and to situate CoE’s ROMED among recent developments. The paper is based on the literature that highlights Roma exclusion, on reviewing policy documents from international and European organizations and non-governmental bodies, and finally, on specific program publications.