WHO IS WHO
Public bodies in charge of Roma policies and of ESI Funds
Under the leadership of the Spanish ESF Managing Authority, the Network gathers public bodies from 15 EU Member States, including those States with the highest Roma population, as well as those that are countries of origin and destination of a large number of migrant Roma.
Each partner country is represented by two types of bodies:
- Public bodies in charge of ESI Funds of relevance for Roma inclusion (mainly European Social Fund (ESF) but in some cases, also European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)). These include: Managing Authorities, delegated Intermediate Bodies/Implementing Authorities or other general structures of management of these funds.
- Public bodies responsible for Roma inclusion policies, notably the national contact points for the different national Roma integration strategies (i.e. National Roma Contact Points (NRCPs)).
The Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) is a social and intercultural organisation that has been working for more than 35 years on promoting and securing equal opportunities for the Roma community in Spain and Europe.
Other relevant stakeholders
The European Commission
The Network also counts with the participation of the European Commission (in particular, the Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the Directorate-General Justice and the Directorate-General Regional Policy).
The involvement of the European Commission is crucial to the Network´s alignment with the EU principles and agenda and in creating valuable synergies between this Institution and the Network.
Other relevant actors
Other actors relevant for Roma inclusion and for the management of ESI Funds have been invited to participate in some of the Network activities, including European institutions and European and International organisations, as well as regional and local administrations and non-governmental organisations.
In addition, for the 2014-2020 programming period, we have forseen the participation of other relevant stakeholders in certain activities, notably in the thematic initiatives. These relavant stakeholders include other Managing Authorities/Intermediate Bodies (at national or regional level), public/private beneficiaries of ESI Funds, regional/local entities, civil society organisations with experience in the management of European Structural and Investment Funds.
The Network will also seek to strengthen cooperation and synergies with European institutions/bodies, European networks and platforms and working spaces for National Roma Contact Points and ESI Funds Managing Authorities/Intermediate Bodies.