Live streaming of the Plenary Assembly of the ERTF

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Live streaming of the Plenary Assembly of the ERTF available at this link: http://webtv.coe.int/index.php?EventID=46

The 2015 Plenary Assembly of the European Roma and Travellers Forum which will take place on Monday 29 June 2015 at 9.30 a.m. in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg.

In attendance will be selected guests representing international organisations including the Council of Europe, the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as well as representatives of the diplomatic missions in Strasbourg.

The 2015 Plenary Assembly’s working agenda will cover two main topics: the role of Roma Civil Society organisations in establishing a structured dialogue with relevant stakeholders at national/local level and the possibility for setting up national strategies for combating anti-Gypsyism in the Council of Europe member states. Furthermore, a few Roma related initiatives will be presented at the meeting.

Agenda [EN] [FR] [ROManes]

Call for Applications

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ERTF is loking for Roma women candidates from Romania who are interested to take part in the Project "MAKING ROMA WOMEN’S VOICES AND VOTES COUNT".

Fact Sheet on the situation of Roma and Sinti in Italy

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The ERTF published the Fact sheet on the situation of Roma and Sinti in Italy.

This report highlights the main challenges with access to education, healthcare services housing and public Participation of Roma and Sinti and the proliferation of the Hate speech.

Read the results from the survey by cliking here.

ERTF will take part at the 9th CAHROM meeting

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The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) will take part in the 9th meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts for Roma Issues (CAHROM) organised by the Council of Europe on 27th - 29th of May 2015.

The focus of the meeting will be on the situation of Roma in Europe and recent policy developments at national level in the fields of housing, early marriages, Roma children and education, CAHROM’s future thematic work, and recent developments at the international level.

ERTF will provide an update on the situation of the Roma in the Czech Republic and UK, as well as the ERTF views on the “revised concept paper on the creation of a European Roma Institute (ERI)" and on the Information document “Updating the Council of Europe agenda on Roma Inclusion”, the upcoming report on the situation of Roma in Slovenia, the paper on Early Marriages, the Catalogue of the Council of Europe Recommendations on Roma and the analysis of the National Roma Integration Strategies from a gender perspective.

ERTF views on the “revised concept paper on the creation of ERI”

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The ERTF has taken cognisance of the “revised concept paper on the creation of a European Roma Institute”. Since the ERTF has not been asked, officially or unofficially, to comment on this proposal - which we deeply regret – we have, nonetheless, taken the initiative to provide the CAHROM with our views on this proposal.

We would like to state from the outset that the ERTF is in favour of all initiatives which promote the arts, culture and history of the Roma populations. It is however essential that such initiatives have a clear mission and are based on sound policies. This unfortunately is not the case with ERI.

Fact Sheet on Roma/Gypsies/Travellers in UK

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The ERTF published the Fact sheet on the situation of Roma/Gypsies/Travellers in the United Kingdom. This paper highlights the main challenges in terms of access to education, health care services, housing, public participation and the proliferation of hate speech.

The report is available here.

BUCHAREST DECLARATION

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8 April 2015

On the occasion of 8th April, the International Roma Day, the Committee for Human Rights, Cults and National Minorities issues of the Chamber of Deputies, Romanian Parliament met with national and international Roma Organisations to discuss the situation of Roma in Europe.

After this meeting, we, the Romani organizations: The European Roma and Travellers Forum, a partner organisation of the Council of Europe, the International Romani Union, an Organisation holding a consultative status with the United Nations, Partida Romilor “Pro-Europa”, the Roma representative Organisation in Romania and the Alliance of Roma Communities and Organisations for Democracy (ACORD), represented by the Media Institute for Diversity, Romani, agreed to issue the following declaration: