Lobbying in Europe

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Sebihana Skenderovska held meetings with the representative who works on the process of the accession of the Republic of Macedonia in the European Union, Kaarin-Anna Maandi, the representative of the Macedonian delegation in EU Biljana Kostovska, with the European Women Lobby -Pierrette Pape, Save the children – Manuela Smolinski, MEP Minodora Cliveti who works on the report „The gender aspect on National Integration Strategies for Romaˮ.

 

In order to strengthen the capacities for advocacy of health rights, especially for the socially vulnerable groups and to exchange and compare the methods, the ways and the conditions for advocating on a European level, the coordinator of the project “From increased voice to the improved health care access”, Sebihana Skenderovska, is a part of the program EU Roma Health Champion, a program of the European Alliance for public health.

In the period January – June 2013, the coordinators of the program, as well as advocacy experts from Brussels, gave us valuable advices for promotion of the activities which are in the frames of the project. At the same time, Skenderovska had meetings on a European level with the representative who works on the process of the accession of the Republic of Macedonia in the European Union, Kaarin-Anna Maandi, the representative of the Macedonian delegation in EU Biljana Kostovska, with the European Women Lobby -Pierrette Pape, Save the children – Manuela Smolinski, the MEP Minodora Cliveti who works on the report „The gender aspect on National Integration Strategies for Romaˮ, for which Skenderovska and the National Roma Centrum (NRC) suggested that the parliamentarians should give their support and represent the suggestions and opinions of this report. Skenderovska also had meeting with the MEP Edite Estrela who had a report on the sexual and reproductive health, on which the National Roma Centrum also commented.

We concluded from these meetings that the issue of prenatal protection is also not popular enough on a European level and that there is a necessity of taking steps towards the improving of this part of the healthcare protection.

Our idea was positively accepted from the before mentioned representatives. Our goal from these meetings is to get support for our advocacy, as well as to identify future partners for a collaboration on a European level.

 

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