Romania has made significant progress in the past 30 years. A European Union Member State with an upper-middle-income economy (expected to become a High-Income Country by 2025 according to World Bank data), the country has developed solid good practices and expertise in the areas of child rights monitoring, education, health and child protection.
Romania is very keen to share them with other countries. This is matched by a growing interest from various states to exchange experience. UNICEF, together with line ministries identify, document and validate good practices (including through evaluations) and, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are promoting and sharing these good practices with other countries. At the same time, many counterparts at the national and sub-national levels seek to learn from other countries and to become part of regional or global initiatives.
The UNICEF-led models such as the Minimum Package of Integrated Community-based Services for children and families and the Quality Inclusive Education programme are among the good practices identified in Romania. Other areas of common interest and documented good practices where UNICEF acts as a key player include parenting, deinstitutionalization, promotion of safe behaviors among adolescents, role models for improving the education expectations and aspirations for children from vulnerable groups. In the context of EU neighborhood and enlargement process, Romania’s experience as a country that prioritized child issues during EU accession has also been documented and made available for other interested countries in the Western Balkans. Also, Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union held in the first six months of 2019 is a source of good practices. During this process, the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice through the National Authority for the Protection of Children’s Rights and Adoption, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Minister for European Affairs, and UNICEF in Romania cooperated to promote children’s right to participation as a priority at EU level.