Identifying and Reducing Prejudices as a Source of Conflict between Roma and Non-Roma Population – Cases of Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, and Slovenia Compared – REDUPRE

The Project actions were focused on analysing sources and manifestations of stereotypy behaviour within both, the majority population and Roma population as well as elaboration of theoretical models and practical techniques and manuals aimed improving the understanding between Roma and non-Roma population.
In the framework of the Project (1 March 2011 – 30 June 2013) great amount of research and training activities was realised in the selected localities in four countries and wider.

The selected localities in four countries were:
– municipality Razgrad in Bulgaria;
– region Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy;
– region of Banat and Crisana Romania;
– region of Bela Krajina Slovenia.

Among Project beneficiaries were not only members of Roma and non-Roma population in four localities but also national and local authorities, institutions of civil society, mass media, EU institutions and wider public from four countries and from other European countries.

In the course of the project realisation different analytical, research, training, awareness raising and other activities took place. The most important are listed below:
REDUPRE workshop “Social economy and economic reinsertion programs for Roma: pros and cons” took place in Timisoara, on 17 – 19 December 2012.
REDUPRE Round table on improvement of relations between Roma and Non-Roma population in Črnomelj, Črnomelj, Bela krajina, Slovenia 19 of December 2012.
REDUPRE seminar ˝Shorter social distances between Roma and non Roma in Razgrad region are good base for efficient Roma integration policy˝, Razgrad, Bulgaria, 29 and 30 of January 2013.
REDUPRE workshop for directors, representatives and employees of public policy, local government, public safety, health and social services took place on 5 March 2013, Gorizia, Italy.
REDUPRE workshop for managers and members of cultural associations, sports and similar organizations and for representatives of the civil society and non-profit organizations took place on 19 February 2013 in Gorizia, Italy.
REDUPRE seminar ´Get to know your students and their Roma community˝ on 1-2 March, Razgrad, Bulgaria.
REDUPRE seminar on the role and importance of public services to improve relations between Roma and non-Roma population in Bela krajina took place on 13 March 2013 in Crnomelj, Bela krajina, Slovenia.
REDUPRE workshop ˝The situation of the Roma in Romania: problems, public policy solutions and involvement of local authorities,” 16 May 2013, Cluj Napoca, Romania.
REDUPRE roundtable ˝The 8th of March in discussion˝, 8-9 March 2013, Razgrad, Bulgaria.
REDUPRE workshop for Roma and non-Roma women, representatives of the civil society and groups involved in the fight against gender discrimination took place on 15 April 2013, Gorizia, Italy.
REDUPRE round table ˝Roma women between 8th of March and 8th of April – Role of Roma women for improving of cooperation and reducing prejudices between Roma and majority population, Crnomelj, Bela krajina, Slovenija, 16 April 2013.
REDUPRE roundtable “Roma women beyond stereotypes” 14 May 2013, Timisoara, Romania.
Concluding REDUPRE expert workshop, 27-28 May 2013, Hotel City, Maribor, Slovenia.

Project consortium:
ISCOMET Institute for Ethnic and Regional Studies Maribor, Slovenia (project coordinator)
Institute for Population and Human Studies (IPHS), Sofia, Bulgaria
Institute for Education and Culture Črnomelj (ZIK), Črnomelj, Slovenia
Association INTEGRO, Razgrad, Bulgaria
Euroregional Center for Democracy (ECD), Timişoara, Romania
Resources Center for Roma Communities (RCRC), Cluj Napoca, Romania
International Institute for High Legal and Economic Studies for Development (IGES), Gorizia, Italy

Project publications:
– REDUPRE Expert Publication “Tackling stereotypes and prejudices between Roma and non-Roma in the EU member states: Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Slovenia« represents a valuable source of practical and theoretical knowledge for all experts and practitioners in Europe who work on overwhelming promotion of all-sided social inter-action in the areas populated by Roma populated.
– REDUPRE Project Recommendations.