On behalf of the Montenegrin Government, a conference entitled Economic Empowerment of Roma was held in Podgorica, Montenegro by he current Presidency country of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 Initiative from June 17 to 18, 2014.
Marjeta Gašperšič, the director of RIC Novo mesto that runs the Grundtvig Multilateral project FINALLY, presented the project Financial Literacy for the Roma and participated in fruitful discussions. The presentations are uploaded on the website of the Decade of Roma Inclusion at the following link: http://romadecade.org/egy-cikk.php?hir_id=9761
The Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015 is an unprecedented political commitment by European governments to eliminate discrimination against the Roma and close the unacceptable gaps between the Roma and the rest of the society. It is an international initiative that brings together governments, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as Roma civil society. The Decade is governed through a rotating annual presidency, currently being held by Montenegro.
One of the priorities of the Montenegrin Presidency is to tackle the issues of the poverty of the Roma through economic empowerment. This event was envisaged as a catalyst of collecting ideas for government support of the economic empowerment of the Roma through presenting and discussing best practices of already implemented projects.