12.11.2008Roma NGOs elected own representative in the Monitoring Committee of Human Resources Development OP
Deyan Kolev (Center “Amalipe”) was elected by consensus for observer in the Monitoring Committee of Human Resources Development Operational Program (HRD OP). Radostin Manov (“Diverse and Equal” Association) was elected also by consensus for deputy observer. This happened during special meeting of Roma NGOs that had expressed interest to take part in the election procedure and had covered the formal criteria. The meeting took place on November 11 in Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP).
In July MLSP (Managing Authority of HRD OP) announced procedure for election of observers of civil society in the Monitoring Committee. Civil society organizations were divided into 5 categories (one of them was defined as “organizations that work for integration of Roma community); each category had to elect by consensus one observer and one deputy. The organizations had to cover certain formal criteria to be eligible to participate in the elections: to be registered as “organizations that work in public interest”, to have at least 2 years history, to have realized project with EU financing, to have experts with knowledge on EU funds. Thirty three Roma organizations applied with own nominations and this was the category with highest number of nominations. Special Commission elected by Monitoring Committee short listed only 7 from them as “candidates who cover the formal criteria”. During the meeting the shortlisted candidates elected by consensus Deyan Kolev and Radostin Manov.
Both of them pointed as short-term priorities to work for opening call for proposals within all measures that have “Roma” as target group (at present there is no open calls within some of them that makes them un-useful) as well as to establish Sub-committee “Integration of Roma Community” with participation of NGOs and institutions. They engaged themselves to inform permanently about the work of the Monitoring Committee all organizations that expressed interest to elect observer.