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Call for applications 

Increased attention from both a national and European level has been given to the issues that Roma face today and several initiatives to eliminate these issues have been made. However, Roma still face enormous obstacles and the anti-Gypsysism and discrimination is unfortunately not only still existing, but even rising, in some parts of Europe. The European Roma and Traveller's Forum (ERTF) and its members are committed to the achievement of equal rights and equal opportunities for Roma in Europe, in addition to fighting anti-Gypsyism and discrimination.

The ERTF believes in a joint effort between Roma NGOs, activists and the European institutions to achieve the full realisation of the Romas human rights.

Therefore, you are kindly invited to join us and become a member of the ERTF, so that together we can make a difference for Roma all over Europe.


The idea behind the ERTF was to create, for the Roma, an international body having close and privileged links to the Council of Europe, and at the same time, being the real representation of Roma.

The ERTF gives the Roma and Travellers and their NGOs the possibility to participate in and influence decision-making processes in issues concerning them, openly and officially on a European level, through its unique relationship with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Furthermore the ERTF encourages and supports the joint effort between its members, giving them a vast amount of opportunities of knowledge-sharing, cooperation, transnational initiatives, etc.


According to the revised statute the seven founding international Romani organisations: the Roma National Congress (RNC), the International Romani Union (IRU), the International Roma Women's Network (IRWN), the Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP), the Youth Roma NGO "East Meets West" (EMW), the Gypsy and Traveller International Evangelical Fellowship (GATIEF) and the International Roma Evangelical Mission (IREM) are now responsible for the establishment and the management of the thematic working groups. Each International Romani organisation will be responsible for certain themes:

  • Roma National Congress (RNC): Roma migrants, Asylum seekers, Freedom of movement, anti-Gypsyism, Political participation.
  • International Romani Union (IRU): Roma language, History and Culture.
  • International Roma Women's Network (IRWN): Roma women, Gender equality, Disabled, Elderly people, Children.
  • Young People (FERYP) & East Meets West (EMW): Roma youth participation, Inclusion, Integration, Education, Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Gypsy and Traveller International Evangelical Mission (IREM) & International Roma Evangelical Mission (IREM) :Travellers, Social Protection, and Religion.

Any local, national or international Romani NGO may apply for membership to the ERTF, and according to the individual interests of the NGO, it will participate in the working group of its choice.


Any grassroots initiative, local/national/international Roma non-governmental organisation (NGO) from any of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


• Being a Roma organisation; • Solid knowledge of any of the three working languages: Romanes, English and/or French; • Acknowledgment of the revised Statute, the ERTF Charter on the Rights of the Roma and the values and principles of the organisation.


Any interested organisation should fill in the 'Expression of Interest Application Form' available for download at the end of the call or simply by clicking here and send it to the Secretariat of the ERTF ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) as soon as possible but not later than 30 April 2014 along with a copy of the Statute, the Statute of your NGO, a list of members in the organisation, a report on recent activities and a declaration to the effect that your NGO accepts the principles set out in the preamble and in the statute of the ERTF.


Contact the ERTF Secretariat by telephone at: + 33 3 90 21 53 50 or + 33 3 90 21 43 31 or by E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The office is open from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.





Expression of Interest Application Form




Call for Membership [EN]  

Appel a candidatures [FR]

Akharipen te keren pes aplikacije [ROManes]



  • Image 4Jalini Rouvière, student at Sciences-Po Rennes

    “My traineeship has been very educational and the activities I handled (writing briefing papers on various topics/countries, preparing complaints for the French Public Prosecutor, raising awareness in schools) gave me the opportunity to strengthen my knowledge and develop new competencies. This experience will certainly be decisive for my professional future”.

  • Image 2Arbi Jaupi, student in Master 2 «European Law and International Affairs», University of Strasbourg

    “The experience was more than I could have expected and provided me with valuable insights into the functioning of an NGO. The variety of subjects I had the chance to work on allowed me to sharpen my skills, develop new competences and increase my autonomy in a professional, and very often, time-intensive environment”.

  • lola girardLola Girard, student at Sciences-Po Rennes

    “It was very interesting for me to discover thethe Council of  way the Forum is working: for example, the administrative process to organize a meeting, to establish a budget or to deal with the media. I was also impressed by the very structured internal organization of the Forum. Besides, I could experience the work in Europe, since the Forum has a specific partnership agreement with this institution. Since the Secretariat of the Forum is a relatively small body, I had the opportunity not only to observe but really to take part in activities and have responsibilities. It also has been possible thanks to my supervisor who took time to give me tasks and to guide me to deal with it”. You can also listen to Lola’s interview here.

  • la PlacaLaura La Placa, student at the University of Strasbourg

    “My internship at the ERTF Secretariat was an enrich­ing experience. The team welcomed me warmly and ex­plained to me their work so that I could immediately feel at ease. I had specific and various tasks that allowed me to get involved in multiple fields. It was interesting for me to experience both the satisfactions and difficulties of an international NGO’s work. The two months I spent at the ERTF represented for me also the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the current living conditions of Roma and Travellers in Europe. Thanks to the deep part­nership of the ERTF with the Council of Europe I could also get acquainted with the work of the Council for the protection and promotion of Roma rights. Thank you to the ERTF team for giving me this opportunity!”
  • 224961 10200397798174277 483054763 nMargot Van den Heede, student from the Catholic University of Leuven

    "Doing a traineeship at the ERTF has been an important experience for me. I learned a lot about the possibilities and the difficulties that an international NGO such as the Forum has to deal with. Trainees are given a lot of responsibility and freedom to work around different top­ics that they are interested in. Thanks to this I gained valuable knowledge of which I'm sure will help me in my future career. Thanks to the partnership with the Coun­cil
    of Europe the traineeship creates an opportunity to follow the policy making concerning Roma integration at the European level. All of this guarantees that a traineeship has a lot to offer".