Towards a EU post-2020 Roma equality and inclusion policy
Policy Statement of the European Roma Policy Coalition & Alliance against Antigypsyism
As European Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations, we strongly welcome the commitment of the European Commission to develop a reinforced post-2020 European Strategic Framework for Roma equality, social and economic justice, and combating antigypsyism. As civil society we shall hold European institutions and Member states accountable for their constitutional, democratic and rule-of-law standards and European values. Therefore, we urge for an ambitious and binding commitment aiming at achieving substantive equality and full participation of Roma as equal citizens across Europe.
The European Commission published a “Roadmap” for the “Initiative setting out the EU post-2020 Roma equality and inclusion policy” on 17 February 2020, and launched an open consultation process until 16 March 2020; the feedback is accessible online.
A wide coalition of Roma and pro-Roma civil society organizations from across Europe published a response (pdf). The statement was prepared by the Alliance against Antigypsyism, Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, European Network Against Racism (ENAR), European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network, European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC), European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI), Phiren Amenca International Network, Roma Active Albania (RAA), Roma Education Fund (REF), Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI), and ternYpe International Roma Youth Network.
Civil Society call upon Member States to step up the implementation of new EU Roma Strategic Framework
CSOs call on the European Commission to ensure that commitments made under the EU Strategic Framework on Roma are held at the highest standards, and demand Member States to adopt an EU Council Recommendation supporting national Roma strategies to bring real justice and equality and ensure meaningful Roma participation at all levels and walks of life.
Statement on the proposal of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) for a “Working Definition on Antigypsyism”
Statement of the Alliance against Antigypsyism about the current working process of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to adopt a new “working definition of antigypsyism”.
Appeal to the European Commission and the European Council to make the post-2020 EU Strategic Framework for Roma Equality and Inclusion a top priority in its Covid-19 response.
US-american civil rights movement leader Jesse Jackson guest speaker at the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
On 2 August, the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma during National Socialism was commemorated in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Today, a coalition of more than fifteen Romani and anti-racism civil society organisations from across Europe called for the Council of the European Union, and governments of European countries, to make a clear commitment to the new proposals for post-2020 Roma Inclusion plans made by the European Commission in its communication to the European Parliament and Council yesterday.