Second Roma Integration Award for the Western Balkans and Turkey

Deadline: 31 October 2016
Open to: NGOs from the Western Balkans or Turkey and are you running there a successful project to help Roma children, youth and/or young adults
Awards: study trip to Brussels and 10,000 or 5,000 EUR cash prize


It is estimated that about 1 million Roma live in the Western Balkans, 2.8 million in Turkey and 6.2 million in the EU. Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority. They face continued exclusion, segregation and discrimination. The EU’s policy on Roma inclusion, integration and empowerment is placed within an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 adopted by the European Commission in 2011. Within that framework, all 28 EU Member States and all 7 candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership adopted their National Roma Integration Strategies which they now put in practice.

In June 2016, the Commission adopted its annual report on Roma integration that stresses the following as regards the candidate countries and potential candidates:

  • Roma integration continues to be a priority in the enlargement process;
  • Enough funding must be ensured to carry out integration measures;
  • Attention should focus on implementation by local authorities;
  • Roma community should be involved in planning, implementation and monitoring;
  • Focus on results on the ground to reduce the gap between Roma and non-Roma.



  • NGOs from the Western Balkans or Turkey;
  • Running there a successful project to help Roma children, youth and/or young adults.


Study trip to Brussels and 10,000 or 5,000 EUR cash prize.

How to apply?

Firstly, read carefully the Contest Rules in: English, shqip, bosanski, hrvatski, македонски, crnogorski, srpski, Türkçe. Then, fill out the Application Form and the Declaration of Honour (in English only).

Finally, send your application, i.e. the filled out Application Form and the filled out, dated and signed Declaration of Honour, by e-mail to:

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