let this ceremony be a wake-up call to all concerned

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Strasbourg 24 January 2017: A ceremony marking International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust took place on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe.

In front of the commemorative stone on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe, addresses and wreath-laying were made by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania; Carmel Shama-Hacohen, Ambassador of Israel to the international institutions in France, Miranda Vuolasranta, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum and Denis Erhart, President of "Les Oublié(e)s" de la Mémoire Association Civile Homosexuelle du Devoir de Mémoire. Closing remarks were made by Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly.

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Live streaming of the 2015 Plenary Assembly of the ERTF

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Live streaming of the 2015 Plenary Assembly fo the ERTF is available at this link:
http://webtv.coe.int/index.php?EventID=46

The 2015 Plenary Assembly of the European Roma and Travellers Forum will take place on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 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".

ERTF hols consultations with the CoE member states on new strategy for Roma

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On 19 February 2015, the ERTF organised a meeting with the Permanent Representatives of the Council of Europe to discuss the new Council of Europe strategy for Roma. For this meeting the ERTF published a paper with its observations on the situation of the Roma community in the Council of Europe member states and also presented some concrete ideas on how to improve it.

The ERTF believes that progress can only be achieved by establishing a bilateral dialogue with member states on the obstacles and difficulties they face and on the measures to overcome them. The time is propitious for establishing such a dialogue:

  • the Secretary General is examining new options for the future agenda on Roma, and
  • the EU member states are in the process of implementing national strategies which have been drawn up in conformity with the EU Framework Strategy for the Roma.

The paper is available here.
The PowerPoint presentation is available here.

ESTABLISHING A STRUCTURED POLICY DIALOGUE WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

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Civil Society contribution on establishing a structured policy dialogue with the European Commission

(Brussels, 9 September, 2014): We are European level organisations that wish to engage in a structured policy dialogue with the European Commission to contribute to the policy process on meaningful Roma integration by offering our expertise and experience. For that purpose we have prepared this position paper that aims to lead the discussion on the proposed agenda point entitled 'structured policy dialogue' at the consultation meeting with the European Commission on September 17th in Brussels.