Shadow Report - Implementation of the Roma Strategy in the Republic of Macedonia for 2017

The 2014-2020 Roma Strategy in the Republic of Macedonia (hereinafter the Strategy) represents a continuity of the previous strategy that covered the period from 2005 to 2015. This Strategy has been transposed into four action plans 2 referring to the same number of priorities as identified in this national strategic document. The implementation of the Strategy and the National Action Plans is within the competence of the line ministries and in accordance with the priority areas, Nevertheless, a significant part of the identified and expected results set out in the plans are activities that have been or were to have been implemented by the civil society organizations. The monitoring and the scope of realization of these plans according to the Strategy have been defined to be within the competence of the working group of the Government, that is, the National Coordinating Body for Implementation of the Roma Strategy, as a structure that is to monitor and direct the implementation of the strategies and the policies for social inclusion and integration of Roma. With regard to the budgetary implications on the budget of the Republic of Macedonia, these same four line ministries (Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Health), as well as the Minister without Portfolio who is in charge of the implementation of the Roma Strategy (as a National Coordinator) with earmarked funds from the Budget of the Republic of Macedonia, to implement a budget subprogram entitled Support to the Implementation of the Roma Strategy. For certain budget users there are additional subprograms that are within the priorities (such as the Ministry of Education with the subprogram Project for Support of Secondary Education for Roma, Subprogram for Construction of Low Income Housing Apartments of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, etc.). The absolute value of the budgets of the subprograms varies from one year to another, however with an upward trend relative to the absolute value of the allocated funds. The sources of financing are the basic budget account of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as donations....  

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