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2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the genocide committed against Roma during the Second World War. The Roma nation commemorates this tragedy on August 2nd, the date on which over 3,000 Roma were exterminated in the evening of 2nd August 1944 in gas chamber V of "Zigeunerlager BIII" at Auschwitz – Birkenau. The genocide on Roma during the Second World War is by far the greatest tragedy in Roma history.

The official recognition of the genocide committed against Roma on a national and international level, is of crucial importance to fighting and eliminating the anti-Gypsyism that unfortunately is happening throughout all of Europe to this day.

Due to the significance of this topic and in the light of the 70th anniversary, the ERTF would like to mark August 2nd in a special way in 2014. We are therefore looking to issue a postal stamp, in order to spread awareness and to promote the importance of August 2nd.

OPEN LETTER to the organisers of the European Roma Summit

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Strasbourg, 3 April 2014

Dear Ms Reding,
Dear Mr Barroso,
Dear Mr Schulz,

The European Commission is celebrating with great pomp a European Roma Summit Meeting on 4th April in Brussels. This one-day meeting consisting largely of a series of speeches by non-Roma personalities raises serious concerns as to its purpose, content and participation.

We find it difficult to understand what is the purpose of the Summit and its added value to what has been achieved so far. The themes of the panels – making policies inclusive for all Roma at the local level, making EU funding reach the local and regional authorities to support Roma integration, and making Roma integration a local reality in enlargement countries – are issues which have been discussed ad nauseam in both national and international fora and been the subject of numerous recommendations and decisions of the European Commission and other international bodies. A series of speeches by Ministers and Deputy Ministers is not likely to create the commitment which is so sadly missing.

The ERTF and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities entered into cooperation agreement

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Strasbourg, 26 March 2014: On the occasion of the 26th Congress Session, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) entered into a cooperation agreement with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

On the occasion of the signature of the Agreement Mr Kawczynski stated: "To begin with, we have requested to strengthen our working relationship with the Congress because we felt that you can help in improving the living conditions of the Roma and ensure their full participation in society. Your positive response has convinced us of your willingness and commitment to bring about the desired changes for Roma."

International Women’s Day: the status of Romani women and girls in 2014

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On the occasion of the International Women's Day, Phenjalipe (1), the Informal Platform of Romani Women, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) (2) and the Council of Europe under DOSTA! Campaign (3) are inviting you to participate in a meeting on the status of Romani women. The event will take place on 12 March 2014 in the Agora building in Room G06 from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm (see programme below).

The aims of the meeting are to raise awareness on the ongoing obstacles and challenges of Romani women in their daily lives, take stock of positive developments at policy and community level and to encourage Council of Europe action for the advancement of the status of Romani women and girls.