Strasbourg, 28 June 2006 MG-S-ROM (2005) 19

GROUP OF SPECIALISTS ON ROMA, GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS
(MG-S-ROM)

20th meeting
Council of Europe, Strasbourg

22-23 November 2005
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CONCLUSIONS

ELECTIONS OF THE NEW CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR(S) OF THE GROUP

The Group met in camera in the morning of 22 November to elect their new Chair and Vice-Chair(s).
Members of the Group present1 unanimously elected:
Mr. Ian Naysmith (United Kingdom) as the new Chair.
Mr. Jan Hero (Slovak Republic) and Mr. Dezideriu Gergely (Romania) as 1st and 2nd Vice-Chairs respectively.

The Group thanked the previous Chair, Mr. Andrzej Mirga (Poland), and Vice-Chair, Mr. Claudio Marta (Italy) for the work achieved under their presidency and for their commitment and active participation in the work and decisions of this Group since its creation in 1995.

The election was preceded by a short discussion on the Group’s working methods and the new orientation of the future work of the Group. A number of members proposed a new task for the Committee: evaluating policy implementation. In their view the Group should focus less on drafting policy recommendations and instead concentrate on implementation of the Committee of Ministers’ existing recommendations. That should differ from monitoring which is under the responsibility of treaty bodies of the Council of Europe, but should be focused on evaluation. In this regard the Committee should try to identify good practice of policy implementation and possibly reconsider the composition of the Group.

Another issue raised was the Committee membership. Some members suggested that there was a need to attract highly qualified experts to the Group and have a workable scheme for replacement of members. A performance review could be undertaken by the CDMG with a view to the Committee playing a stronger role in the increasingly competitive field of Roma policy and politics in Europe.

Another member pointed out that the MG-S-ROM had offered members the opportunity of being directly informed of the problems of the target groups concerned and to take them into account. The terms of reference of the MG-S-ROM should be reviewed in the light of the establishment of a European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) and the re-establishment of the DH-MIN group of experts. The Secretariat informed the Group that its terms of reference would be reviewed by the end of June 2006, expiry date of the current mandate.

I. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND LIST OF DECISIONS OF PREVIOUS MEETING

Mr. Ian Naysmith, the newly elected Chair, opened the 20th meeting of the Group and welcomed participants, including NGO representatives and observers.

The Secretariat informed the Group that due to a late nomination, Mr. Duna Zdeněk, the newly appointed Czech member of the Group, was unable to attend the meeting. Mr. Hedman (Finland) was also excused.

The Group adopted the agenda for the meeting [MG-S-ROM (2005)13], as well as the list of decisions adopted by the Group at its 19th meeting [MG-S-ROM (2005)8].

The former Chair, Mr. Mirga (Poland), indicated that he had received the report of the previous meeting at very late notice and asked the new president to ensure that this would not be repeated. The Secretariat informed the Group that due to budgetary restrictions, only the Conclusions of the Group would be distributed and translated into the official languages. However, the full report was available in English upon request.

The Group was invited to discuss the grant of an observer status to Canada and to the International Office for Migration (IOM). The Secretariat explained that Canada was one of the five countries (together with the Holy See, Japan, Mexico and the United States of America) to have an observer status to the Council of Europe, and had expressed the wish to participate in future meetings of the MG-S-ROM. A similar request had been received from the International Office for Migration (IOM).

The Group decided to invite both Canada and IOM to their meetings. The Secretariat was entrusted to inform the CDMG about this decision.

II. REPLY FROM THE CHAIR ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP TO PACE RECOMMENDATION 1708 (2005) ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN KOSOVO

Mr. Henry Scicluna, Council of Europe Coordinator for activities concerning Roma and Travellers, reminded the Group of PACE Recommendation 1708 (2005) on the current situation in Kosovo and its point 5. iv. which entrusted “the Co-ordinator on Roma activities, if necessary with the assistance of the Group of Specialists on Roma, Gypsies and Travellers (MG-S–ROM), to conduct a fact-finding mission to Kosovo to collect first-hand information on the socio-economic conditions of the Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian internally displaced population as well as of Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian returnees, with a view to reporting back to the Committee of Ministers”.

Mr. Scicluna informed the Group about subsequent developments at the level of the Council of Europe, in particular his visit to Kosovo – together with Mr. Rudko Kawczynski, President ad interim of the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) – in August where they visited the Roma camps in Mitrovicë/a which is heavily contaminated by lead. He presented conclusions drawn from that visit and recommendations concerning the lead-poisoning camp in Mitrovica/cë, the rebuilding of the Roma mahala in Mitrovica/cë and the participation of Roma in the negotiation status talks [visit report available upon request made to the Coordinator].

Mr. Dan Doghi (OSCE-ODIHR) informed the Group about the conclusions of the Working Group Session of the joint OSCE/CoE/EUMC Conference on Roma, Sinti and Travellers (Warsaw, 20-21 October) devoted inter alia to the issue of refugees, IDPS, returnees, with special focus on Kosovo.

The Group asked the Chair to report back on the visit to Kosovo at the request of the Committee of Ministers. During its visit, the CoE delegation should pay attention to issues raised by the former Chair of the MG-S-ROM, Mr. Andrzej Mirga (Poland), and the Co-ordinator for Activities concerning Roma and Travellers in their replies to the Committee of Ministers [doc. MG-S-ROM (2005)14].

      III. OTHER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND UPCOMING ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD OF ROMA AND TRAVELLERS

The Secretariat of the Roma and Travellers Division (DG3 Social Cohesion) presented recent developments, related inter alia to:

a) the 9th session for lawyers who provide legal assistance to Roma held, in Strasbourg at the end of May. The Secretariat underlined that this training was very successful as it was having as a side effect more and more cases before the European Court of Human Rights;
b) the Roma internship programme. The Secretariat introduced the interns (Erika Adamova and Andrea Slobodnikova both from Slovakia and Ugo Caruso from Italy) to the Group, and indicated that the CoE was hoping to pursue its partnership with the Open Society Institute (OSI) in 2006. The Secretariat encouraged Western European countries to finance young Roma, Sinti and Travellers from their countries to become interns;
c) a proposal for a third Council of Europe/European Commission Joint Programme on Roma entitled “Equal rights and treatment for Roma”. The Secretariat recalled that this programme, should it be approved by the European Commission, would be implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Serbia and Montenegro over the period 2006-2007. The three main components of this new Joint Programme would be:
- the training on participative monitoring and evaluation mechanisms addressed to interministerial commissions on Roma (both officials and NGO representatives), including those persons dealing with Roma Decade Action Plans;
- an awareness-raising campaign against prejudices;
- an evaluation of the two previous joint programmes.

The Secretariat of the European Social Charter and the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (DG2 Human Rights), the Secretariat of the Department of School and Out-Of-School Education (DG4 Education) and the Secretariat of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights presented recent developments in their respective sectors. The list of state reports and the list of countries visited in the framemork of relevant Council of Europe monitoring bodies (Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, ECRI, Experts’ Committee of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, CoE Commissioner for Human Rights, the Revised Social Charter) can be found in doc. MG-S-ROM (2005)18.

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) presented housing projects that were granted loans from the Bank, and informed the Group about Roma-related projects currently funded by the Bank (Hungary and Bulgaria). Some of the Group members questioned the effectiveness and sustainability of some of the projects (e.g. Plovdiv, Bulgaria) as they seemed to create sometimes tensions between Roma communities and other local inhabitants and did not always guarantee employment conditions for those families in order to ensure a regular payment of their rent.

A number of MG-S-ROM members made individual presentations on recent developments in their respective countries. They were asked by the Chair to submit their contributions in writing to the Secretariat. Written contributions were available upon request. Some of the Group members responded to issues raised by other Council of Europe sectors but pointed out that the Secretariat of these sectors was not always present until the end to receive an answer to their questions. One member of the Group complained about the fact that the Congress for Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe was once again absent.

Mr. Andrzej Mirga, in his capacity of Director of PER Roma Programmes, presented Project of Ethnic Relations’ recent activities related to Roma and structural funds and Roma politics.

Mr. Dan Doghi (OSCE-ODIHR) presented the conclusions of the joint OSCE-ODIHR/Council of Europe/EUMC Conference on the Implementation of Policies/Action Plans for Roma, Sinti and Travellers and Measures against the Anti-Gypsyism Phenomenon in Europe (Warsaw, Poland, 20-21 October), especially the proposal to establish task forces to identify how anti-Gypsyism affects housing, health, education and employment policies for Roma. He also referred to the Roma side events on refugees/IDPs and the Holocaust organised on the occasion of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (Warsaw, September) and to OSCE-ODIHR activities in the Balkans (on identity papers and on trafficking issues).

Mrs. Eva Sobotka (EUMC) briefed the Group about EUMC support activities to Romani women. She added that the EUMC Annual report 2005-2006 on developments on racism and xenophobia in the EU area would be soon available and that a EUMC report on Roma and Travellers in public education was being drafted. As regards the Warsaw Conference, Mrs. Sobotka indicated that EUMC was supporting the establishment of task forces but would like to hear more about how these task forces would be organised.

Mr. Samuel Boutruche (UNHCR) presented inter alia the results of a workshop on access to social rights and on the implementation of the Programme for Roma, jointly organised between UNHCR Office in Belgrade and DG3.

Mrs. Mihaela Zatreanu, Chief Executive Secretary of the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), announced the upcoming First Plenary Meeting of the Forum to be held in Strasbourg on 13-15 December. More than thirty countries had already selected their national delegates.

IV. FOLLOW UP TO RECOMMENDATION REC(2005)4 OF THE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS TO MEMBER STATES ON IMPROVING THE HOUSING CONDITIONS OF ROMA AND TRAVELLERS IN EUROPE

The Secretariat informed the Group of recent forced evictions of Roma and Travellers in several member states which had been brought to its attention. The Secretariat drew the attention of the Group to a document summarizing recently reported eviction cases in Council of Europe member states and responses made by the Chair or Vice-Chair of the MG-s-ROM, and by the Council of Europe Coordinator for Roma Activities [MG-S-ROM (2005)15].

Mr. Mirga (Poland) and Mr. Marta (Italy) informed the Group of action that they had written to the respective local authorities about these incidents and shared information about replies received from municipal authorities. Mr. Marta regretted that he had not been informed by the Secretariat about the reply received from the Milan authorities. Mr. Mirga pointed out that the exchange of letters with the municipality of Kosice revealed that the municipalilty had taken action in favour of the local Roma communities, and welcomed the fact that the municipality had accepted the invitation to attend the MG-S-ROM meeting. They both encouraged the new Chair and Vice-Chairs to pursue in that direction.

Mr. Dušan Šlosár, Roma Precautionary Schemes Coordinator at the International Relations Department of the Mayor’s Office of Kosice, Slovak Republic, presented the recent housing projects and accompanied measures in the field of employment of Roma beneficiaries developed by its municipality.

Members of the Group asked the Slovak representatives whether the recent decision by the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic concerning the Anti-Discrimination Law might affect governmental Roma policies. The Anti-Discrimination Law, which took effect on July 1, 2004, “bans discrimination on the grounds of sex, racial, national or ethnic origin in social security, healthcare, provision of goods and services and in education and on the grounds of sex, religion or belief, racial, national or ethnic origin, disability, age and sexual orientation in employment and other similar legal relations.

However, section 8 of paragraph 8 of the Anti-Discrimination Law also provided that “with a view to ensuring full equality in practice and compliance with the principle of equal treatment, specific positive actions to prevent disadvantages linked to racial or ethnic origin may be adopted”. Mrs. Kasarova (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia) indicated that the cancellation of the positive discrimination clause would not endanger government projects and assistance that have already been launched for the Roma community, nor the commitment of the Slovak Government to improve the situation of its Roma population. In the course of the discussion, some members mentioned that instead of using the term “positive discrimination”, their authorities were using “affirmative action”.
Some members of the Group raised concerns about the side-effect of such a decision at the European level and proposed that a letter should be sent to the Slovak authorities2.

The Group welcomed having the possibility to exchange views with representatives of the local authorities.

The Group mandated the Chair and Vice-Chairs to write letters, whenever necessary, to state, regional or local authorities, to request further information about reported incidents, and remind if necessary the relevant authorities about international standards and pertinent Council of Europe recommendations.

The Group agreed that positive discrimination is not about giving some groups advantages at the expense of others, but rather about giving a boost to people who are on the bottom rung of society and unable to help themselves. The Group agreed to send a letter to the Slovak authorities referring to the decision of the Constitutional Court banning positive discrimination in order to and the possible effects of such a decision.

V. EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY FUND

The Secretariat reminded the Group that the Committee of Ministers had entrusted the MG-S-ROM to study the proposal of creating a European Solidarity Fund (see § 20 of the reply of the Committee of Ministers to the Parliamentary Assembly CM/AS(2003)Rec1557 final 13 June 2003) and to make concrete proposals.
The Chair reminded the Group of the decisions taken on this subject during the 19th MG-S-ROM, namely the need for collection of information about current mechanisms to support Roma projects (EU structural funds, Roma Decade Education Fund, national foundations, bank loans, etc.) and identification of needs and possible complementarity with existing funds.
Following the decisions taken by the Group at their 19th meeting, Mr. Nikolay Kirilov presented PAKIV’s experience as a European Roma Fund for the promotion of socio-economic development of Roma in Europe and PAKIV’s opinion on Roma funds in general.
The Group reiterated its request to collect information regarding existing funds for Roma, at national or international level, in order to identify the possible added value of a European Solidarity Fund, e.g. by highlighting areas that were not covered by any existing funds.
The Group proposed to create an ad hoc working group to further discuss the Fund, once the aforementined collection of documents was compiled.

Mr. Claudio Marta (Italy) recalled that the Group had requested that the Congress for Regional and Local Authorities of the Council of Europe be invited to give its opinion about the proposed European Solidarity Fund. He regretted that the Congress was not present at previous and current meetings.

The Group entrusted the Secretariat to invite the Congress to the aforementioned ad hoc working group.

VI. ADOPTION OF DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS

A. DRAFT RECOMMENDATION ON BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR ROMA AND TRAVELLERS IN EUROPE

The Group met on 21 November 2005 in order to discuss and further comment on the new draft recommendation on better access to health care for Roma and Travellers [MG-S-ROM(2005)9] prepared by the Secretariat. The new draft took into consideration the discussion held in February 2005 during a previous ad hoc working group, as well as written comments received from member states [Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, the United Kingdom], the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) and from the Health Division of DG 3 Social Cohesion.

The Group went through the whole draft recommendation and approved the text [see Appendix 1 of the present report], subject to confirmation by the German delegation of Chapters 1.v and 4.i and ii of the Appendix3.

The Secretariat presented and circulated a draft explanatory memorandum for this recommendation [MG-S-ROM (2005)16].

B. DRAFT RECOMMENDATION ON POLICIES TOWARDS ROMA AND TRAVELLERS IN EUROPE

The Secretariat presented the latest developments concerning the draft recommendation on policies towards Roma and Travellers in Europe [doc. MG-S-ROM (2005)11].

The Secretariat introduced the Consultant, Mrs. Alphia Abdikeeva, who was entrusted – in accordance with the chairmanship of the MG-S-ROM – to restructure and present a new draft recommendation taking into consideration written comments received so far from Bulgaria, and Germany, as well as from experts on monitoring and evaluation like Mr. Alan Phillips.

Mrs. Alphia Abdikeeva introduced the new draft [MG-S-ROM (2005)17]. The Group examined the text. Due to lack of time, the study of the document did not go beyond the preamble, which however received the approval from the Group after the introduction of minor amendments.

The Group decided to fix a new deadline for submitting written comments to this draft recommendation, i.e.: 31 January 20064.

VII. TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE MG-S-ROM IN 2006

Mr. Mirga (Poland) proposed that a report detailing the work and achievements of the MG-S-ROM over the last decade be published in recognition of its tenth anniversary in 2006.

The Secretariat expressed the wish that the draft recommendation on policies towards Roma and Travellers in Europe might be ready for adoption in 2006 in order to be made public on the occasion of the tenth anniversary celebrations.

The Group decided to invite the former Chair of the MG-S-ROM, Mrs. Josephine Verspaget, to the next meeting on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Group.

VIII. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE NEXT MEETING

Mr. Dezideriy Gergely (Romania) confirmed the invitation extended by his authorities to hold the next MG-S-ROM in Bucharest.

The Chair thanked Romania for its kind invitation on behalf of the Group and asked the Group to submit names of experts or NGOs to be invited to the next meeting.

APPENDIX 1 TO 20TH MG-S-ROM MEETING REPORT

Strasbourg, 21 April 2006 MG-S-ROM (2005) 9 DRAFT RECOMMENDATION ON

BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR ROMA AND TRAVELLERS

IN EUROPE

[as approved by the MG-S-ROM at its 20th meeting in Strasbourg on 23 November 2005 and by the CDMG at its 51st meeting in Strasbourg on 21 April 2006]

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Considering that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve greater unity between its members and that this aim may be pursued, in particular, through common action and adoption of common rules in the health field;

Noting that many Roma and Travellers are living in marginal situations in member states and experience widespread discrimination in all areas of life;

            1. Aware that as a result of inter alia poor living conditions, many Roma and Traveller communities have a poorer health status than that experienced by the general population;



Bearing in mind Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Articles 2 and 26 of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and its Protocol No. 12, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, Article 11 of the European Social Charter on the right to health protection and Article 3 of the Convention on Human Rights and Bio-medicine on the equitable access to health care;



Bearing in mind Council of Europe Recommendations (2000) 4 on the Education of Roma/Gypsy Children in Europe, (2000) 5 on the Development of Structures for Citizen and Patient Participation in the Decision-Making Process affecting Health Care, (2001) 12 on the Adaptation of Health Services to the Demand for Health Care and Health Care Services of People in Marginal Situations, (2001) 17 on Improving the Economic and Employment Situation of Roma/Gypsies and Travellers in Europe, (2004) 14 on the Movement and Encampment of Travellers in Europe and (2005) 4 on Improving the Housing Conditions of Roma and Travellers in Europe;



Recalling recommendations 563 (1969), 1203 (1993) and 1557 (2002) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in which mention is made of the living conditions of Roma in Europe and Resolutions 125 (1981), 16 (1995), 249 (1993) and 44 (1997) and Recommendation 11 (1995) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe on the situation of Roma/Gypsies in Europe;

Bearing in mind General Policy Recommendation No. 3 of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance on "Combating racism and discrimination against Roma/Gypsies in Europe"; and European Union Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June, 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin and the Article 152 of the Treaty of the European Union and Article 35 of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights;

Having in mind the Guiding Principles for improving the situation of the Roma adopted by the European Union (COCEN Group) at the Tampere Summit in December 1999;

Noting the relevance of the World Health Organisation’s Health 21 programme for the European region and of its policy documents on patients’ rights and citizens’ participation as well the Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

Referring to the Copenhagen Declaration on Reducing the Social Inequalities in Health of September 2000;

Aware of the OSCE Action Plan for the Improvement of the Situation of the Roma and Sinti;

Confirming its commitment towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the targets of the Decade of Roma Inclusion;


Bearing in mind that the constitutional structures, legal traditions, and the domestic repartition of responsibilities differ in Council of Europe member states, which may lead to various ways of implementing the present Recommendation;




Recommends the governments of member states to follow the principles and implement the provisions set out in the appendix hereafter.

APPENDIX

DRAFT RECOMMENDATION ON
BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR ROMA AND TRAVELLERS
IN EUROPE 5

I. GENERAL PRINCIPLES


Member states should ensure the development of coherent, integrated and appropriate policies and strategies in the light of the following principles:

        i. Protection of human rights, human dignity and autonomy;

        ii. Respect of patients’ rights, including protection of confidentiality and privacy;

        iii. Respect in the patient/health staff relationship;

        iv. Respect of the principle of informed consent;

        v. Freedom of choice of the doctor/provider, whenever the health system allows for that;

        vi. Participation of the patient in his/her treatment:
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        viii. freedom to choose the treatment which the patient feels most adapted to his/her needs including the freedom to refuse the treatment offered except in cases of emergency or for persons requiring a particular protection;

        ix. Equal access to appropriate quality treatment and care for all groups and categories of the
        x. population;

        xi. Respect of cultural traditions in the delivery of health care services in so far as they do not endanger the health of the person;

        xii. Participation of the community in the elaboration
        xiii. of health care policies and strategies;

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      II. LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR PREVENTING AND COMBATING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE

      To ensure equal access to health care and treatment for Roma and Travellers on a non-discriminatory and culturally sensitive basis, in so far as the health of the person is not thereby endangered, governments of member states should:

        i. adopt comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that includes the express prohibition of direct and indirect discrimination in access to health care and related public services;

        ii. allocate adequate authority and resources to guarantee through appropriate mechanisms the proper implementation and enforcement of this legislation, particularly at the local level;

        iii. ensure

            - that national bodies concerned with combating discrimination give consistent attention to the field of health care for Roma and Travellers in their monitoring and recommendations;

            - that effective remedies for victims of discrimination are made available through implementation and publication of complaint mechanisms and provision of legal assistance to those in economic need.

III. FRAMEWORK FOR HEALTH POLICIES

      1. Effective access

      Governments of member states should ensure:

        i. physical access to health care including emergency care, through the provision of adequate roads, communication, ambulances and services for Roma and Traveller communities of the standard existing in the general population;

        ii. access to health care for mobile populations, with consideration for portability of client-held records under the same conditions as for the general population;

        iii. geographically accessible and affordable health care;

        iv. access to health services for Roma and Travellers lacking documentation to access mainstream services;

        v. access to health care for Roma and Travellers who are refugees, or asylum seekers in accordance with binding international conventions.

      2. Planning

      Roma and Travellers shall receive in every country the same medical care as the general population, or, if they are not nationals of the member State concerned, as any other persons with the same type of residence status.

Governments of member states should:

        i. make the improvement of conditions of Roma and Travellers health a priority area for action and develop the necessary comprehensive health policies and strategies;

        ii. provide mechanisms to ensure the consideration of a broad range of Roma and Traveller health interests and needs in the policy-making process, e.g. children/adolescent/women/elderly, sedentary/nomadic;

        iii. stress the importance of an inter-sectoral approach, taking into consideration the rights to: identification documentation, social benefits, social insurance, education, employment, decent living conditions, housing, and other factors affecting health status and access to care;

        iv. mainstream the policies responding to the health needs of Roma and Travellers into national health strategies and services;

        v. consider introducing the collection of census data on a strictly voluntary basis so that individuals from Roma and Traveller communities may be included in the planning of health services to these communities, provided that collection of such data is admissible under national law. National and local health bodies should be encouraged to do research and build up a knowledge base of information on the health needs of Roma and Traveller communities and the effectiveness of services to them and how to best meet those needs;

        vi. promote the involvement and participation of all parties concerned (policy makers, local health authorities, health professionals, researchers, representatives of Roma and Travellers and non-governmental organisations) in the planning, implementation and monitoring of health policies;

        vii. take appropriate measures to make the wider population aware of the need of effective special measures intended to reach equal access to health care for Roma and Travellers;

        viii. provide for adequate authority and resources for the coordination and supervision of all the measures taken at national and local level;

        ix. identify and address research needs;

        x. provide where necessary for outreach measures fully integrated into the normal health service;

        xi. earmark specific funding for the improvement of the health situation of Roma and Travellers in all countries were Roma and Travellers are reported to face problems in accessing the healthcare system;

        xii. ensure that health planning is gender sensitive;

        xiii. take into consideration good practices on disseminating information about Romani culture and about prejudices existing in both health care professionals and Roma and Travellers;

        xiv. take into account the range of good practices existing in other member states and/or regions (e.g. Roma and Traveller health units, Roma and Traveller health mediators, training on primary health care, guidebooks).

      3. Prevention

        a. Health education

        Member states should ensure access to health information and education through awareness raising campaigns to Roma and Travellers by health care and social workers, authorities and NGOs. Where desired, information on reproductive and sexual health, and gender equality should be given as part of the health education.

        Special attention should be paid to the education of the general population and to the elimination of existing anti-Roma and Traveller prejudices which seriously hinder normal access to health care of Roma and Travellers.

        b. Housing and health

        Recognising that decent housing and a satisfactory sanitation infrastructure is sine qua non for an improvement of the health status of Roma and Traveller communities, governments of member states should ensure:

        i. that Roma and Traveller settlements and encampment sites are located in decent places in a healthy environment, with own toilet and water facilities, electricity, asphalt-paved roads, sewage disposal, rubbish containers, etc., under the same conditions as the general population of the region concerned;

        ii. that members of mobile populations without access to legal caravan sites have access to health care and other public services;

        i. iii. that
        local health bodies should work with local housing and other agencies to address these wider issues. When doing so they should ensure that Roma and Traveller communities are engaged effectively in these processes.

      c. Sexual and Reproductive Health

        Governments of member states should pay particular attention to the health situation of Roma and Traveller women, by ensuring comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and information, particularly family planning. Such services should also be made accessible for Roma and Travellers adolescent and adult men.

      d. Children and Health

        Health policies should give special attention to children health through a wide range of preventive measures including vaccination, prenatal and postnatal care. Special attention should be given to underage female children.

      4. Participation of Roma and Travellers

        ii. Wherever appropriate local health services should ensure that they have in place specific services such as gender advisors and health mediators to meet the health needs of Roma and Traveller communities. Members of Roma and Traveller communities, where applicable, should be involved in developing those services and where possible health professionals should be recruited from their communities;

        iii. Where applicable training should be undertaken to improve Roma and Travellers’ skills in policy making and health public administration;

        iv. Adequate resources should be provided for capacity-building training to enable representatives of the Roma and Traveller communities to engage effectively in the consultation process when drawing up of strategies and policies affecting their health;

        v. The actual focus of training programmes for Roma and Travellers in the field of health should be expanded from health mediators - whose role is to mediate between Romani patients and health professionals, provide basic health education and assist Roma communities in obtaining necessary insurance and documents - to include more ambitious targets;

        vi. Roma and Travellers if they so wish, should be encouraged to embrace professions such as those of nurses and doctors at all levels of health system.

      5. Staff training

      Governments of Members states should support education of health care workers and authorities about diverse Romani and Traveller traditions, cultures, living conditions and mobility patterns and how this may affect Roma and Traveller health needs.

APPENDIX 2 to MG-S-ROM (2005)19
Annotated agenda of the 20th MG-S-ROM meeting

Strasbourg, 14 November 2005 MG-S-ROM (2005) 13

GROUP OF SPECIALISTS ON ROMA, GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS
(MG-S-ROM)

20th meeting
Strasbourg, Palais de l’Europe, Room 1

22nd November 2005 (9.00 am - 6.00 pm)
to 23rd November 2005 (9.00 am – 5.30 pm)

The meeting will be preceded by an ad hoc working group to possibly finalise
the draft recommendation on access of Roma and Travellers to health care and
the draft recommendation on policies towards Roma and Travellers in Europe

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ANNOTATED AGENDA

Monday, 21 November 2005:

AD HOC WORKING GROUP TO FINALISE DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS

9h00-9h30 Registration of participants

9h30-12h30

I. DRAFT RECOMMENDATION ON BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR ROMA AND TRAVELLERS IN EUROPE

      [Draft new version of the recommendation on better access to health care for Roma and Travellers in Europe incorporating comments made during the 19th meeting of MG-S-ROM on 7 April 2005 and received up to the deadline of 29 April 2005 - MG-S-ROM (2005) 9 prov; Draft explanatory memorandum for the recommendation on better access to health care for Roma and Travellers in Europe - MG-S-ROM (2005)16 prov]

      a) The Secretariat informs the Group of any comments or amendments received since the 19th MG-S-ROM meeting and presents the draft explanatory memorandum.

      b) The Group examines the text [MG-S-ROM (2005) 9] in order to finalise the draft recommendation and draft explanatory memorandum with a view to submitting it to the CDMG.

12h30-14h00 Lunch break

14h00-15h30

II. DRAFT RECOMMENDATION ON POLICIES TOWARDS ROMA AND TRAVELLERS IN EUROPE

    [Draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on policies towards Roma and Travellers in Europe incorporating comments received MG-S-ROM (2005)11; New proposed draft submitted by Mrs Alphia Abdikeeva MG-S-ROM (2005)17; Report on Roma Access to Employment in South East Europe from April 2005]

    a) The Secretariat presents the latest developments regarding this recommendation.

    b) Ms. Alphia Abdikeeva presents a new draft recommendation on policies.

    c) The Group examines the text [MG-S-ROM (2005)17] in order to finalise the draft recommendation with a view to submitting it to the CDMG.

18h00 Close of the ad hoc working group session.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2005

9h00-10h30: The following item is discussed in camera6.

ELECTION OF THE CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR OF THE MG-S-ROM
[Revised Terms of Reference of the MG-S-ROM (2005)10; Extract from the CM Resolution (76)3]

      The Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Group are elected for a period of one year and can be possibly reelected once. Following Mr. Mirga’s and Mr. Marta’s respective two-year mandates, the Group proceeds to the election of the new Chair and Vice-Chair of the MG-S-ROM for one year starting from the 20th MG-S-ROM meeting.

      The election is followed by a short discussion on the Group’s working methods and any other business to be discussed in camera.

10h30-11h00: Coffee break

11h00-11h30: OPENING OF THE 20th MG-S-ROM MEETING

I. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND LIST OF DECISIONS OF PREVIOUS MEETING

    a) The newly elected Chair opens the 20th meeting of the Group and welcomes participants, including new appointed Specialists.

    b) The Group is invited to adopt the agenda for the meeting [MG-S-ROM (2005)13] and the list of decisions adopted by the Group at its 19th meeting [MG-S-ROM (2005)8].

    c) The Group is invited to discuss the grant of an observer status to Canada and to the International Office for Migration (IOM).

11h30-13h00:

II. REPLY FROM THE CHAIR ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP TO PACE RECOMMENDATION 1708 (2005) ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN KOSOVO

      [Summary of the current situation in Kosovo, incorporating PACE Recommendation 1708 (2005), reply to it from the Chair of the MG-S-ROM and comments received from MG-S-ROM members, and reply to it from the Coordinator on Roma Activities of the Council of Europe - MG-S-ROM (2005)14]

      a) Mr. Henry Scicluna, Council of Europe Coordinator for activities concerning Roma and Travellers, reminds the Group of PACE Recommendation 1708 (2005) on the current situation in Kosovo and its point 5. iv. which requested “the Co-ordinator on Roma activities, if necessary with the assistance of the Group of Specialists on Roma, Gypsies and Travellers (MGS–ROM), to conduct a fact-finding mission to Kosovo to collect first-hand information on the socio-economic conditions of the Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian internally displaced population as well as of Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian returnees, with a view to reporting back to the Committee of Ministers”, and subsequent developments at the level of the Council of Europe.

      b) Mr. Dan Doghi (OSCE-ODIHR), informs the Group about the conclusions of the Working Group Session of the joint OSCE/CoE/EUMC Conference on Roma, Sinti and Travellers (Warsaw, 20-21 October) devoted to the issue of refugees, IDPS, returnees, with special focus on Kosovo.

      e) Discussion and conclusions of the Group as regards further steps to be taken.

13h00-14h30: Lunch break

14h00-16h00:

III. OTHER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND UPCOMING ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD OF ROMA AND TRAVELLERS [written contributions to be submitted in advance to the Secretariat for distribution]

    a) The Secretariat of the Roma and Travellers Division informs the Group about both recent and upcoming events/activities.

    b) Presentations by other sectors of the Council of Europe about recent reports and recent/upcoming visits related to Roma and Travellers, including:

        · Mrs. Eva Schwebel from the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) presents housing projects that were granted loans from the Bank, and informs the Group about Roma-related projects funded by the Bank.

        · Presentation by Ms. Gisella Gori, Secretariat of the European Social Charter, DG2 Human Rights

        · Presentation by Ms. Françoise Kempf, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

        · Presentation by Mrs. Paola Castellani, Department of School and Out-Of-School Education

        · Presentation by Mr. Lauri Sivonen, Secretariat of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

    c) Individual presentations from MG-S-ROM members on recent developments in their respective countries.

    d) Interventions by international institutions/organisations, including:

        · Mr. Dan Doghi (OSCE-ODIHR) presents other main conclusions of the joint OSCE-ODIHR/Council of Europe/EUMC Conference on the Implementation of Policies/Action Plans for Roma, Sinti and Travellers and Measures against the Anti-Gypsyism Phenomenon in Europe (Warsaw, Poland, 20-21 October), as well as other OSCE-ODIHR activities.

        · Mrs. Eva Sobotka (EUMC) presents recent developments concerning EUMC

        · Mr. Samuel Boutruche (UNHCR) presents recent developments

        · Mrs. Mihaela Zatreanu, Chief Executive Secretary of ERTF about recent developments concerning the European Roma and Travellers Forum.

        · Mr. Andrzej Mirga (PER) presents Project of Ethnic Relations’ recent activities related to Roma and structural funds and Roma politics

    e) Questions and conclusions of the Group as regards further steps to be taken.

16h00-16h30: Coffee break

16h30-18h00:

V. FOLLOW UP TO RECOMMENDATION REC(2005)4 OF THE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS TO MEMBER STATES ON IMPROVING THE HOUSING CONDITIONS OF ROMA AND TRAVELLERS IN EUROPE

      [Recommendation Rec(2005)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on improving the housing conditions of Roma and Travellers in Europe; Summary of recently reported eviction cases in Council of Europe member states and responses MG-S-ROM (2005)15]

    a) The Secretariat informs the Group of recent forced evictions of Roma and Travellers in several member states which have been brought to its attention.

    b) Mr. Mirga (Poland) and Mr. Marta (Italy) inform the Group of action taken by themselves in the form of letters sent to the respective local authorities about these incidents and share information about replies received from municipal authorities.

    c) Discussion and conclusions of the Group as regards further steps to be taken.

18h00: Close of the first day session.

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20h00 : Dinner in Strasbourg
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Wednesday, 23 November 2005

9h00-10h30:

V. EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY FUND

    [Reply of the Committee of Ministers to Rec. 1557 (2002) of the Parliamentary Assembly on the legal situation of the Roma in Europe – CM/AS(2003)Rec1557 final 13 June 2003; list of decisions adopted by the Group at its nineteenth meeting MG-S-ROM (2005)8; PAKIV overview documents].

      a) The Secretariat reminds the Group that the Committee of Ministers has entrusted the MG-S-ROM to study the proposal of creating a European Solidarity Fund (see § 20 of the reply of the Committee of Ministers to the Parliamentary Assembly CM/AS(2003)Rec1557 final 13 June 2003) and to make concrete proposals.
      b) The Chair reminds the Group of the decisions taken on this subject during the 19th MG-S-ROM, namely the need for collection of information about current mechanisms to support Roma projects (EU structural funds, Roma Decade Education Fund, national foundations, bank loans, etc.) and identification of needs and possible complementarity with existing funds.
      c) Presentation by Mr. Nikolay Kirilov about PAKIV’s experience as a European Roma Fund for the promotion of socio-economic development of Roma in Europe and PAKIV’s study on Roma funds in general.

      d) Discussion and conclusions of the Group as regards this issue.

10h30-11h00: Coffee break

11h00-12h30:

VI. ADOPTION OF DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS

    a) The Group examines the revised draft recommendation on better access to health care for Roma and Travellers in Europe after the ad hoc working group of 21st November and decides whether it can adopt the text and submit it to the CDMG.

    b) The Group examines the revised revised draft recommendation on policies towards Roma and Travellers in Europe after the ad hoc working group of 21st November and decides whether it can adopt the text and submit it to the CDMG.

12h30-14h00: Lunch break

14h00-14h30:

VII. TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE MG-S-ROM IN 2006

      a) Mr. Mirga (Poland), proposes that a report detailing the work and achievements of the MG-S-ROM over the last decade be published in recognition of its tenth anniversary in 2006.

      b) Mr. Mirga (Poland), also suggests that the draft recommendation on policies towards Roma and Travellers in Europe be ready for publication in 2006 as part of these tenth anniversary celebrations.

      c) Discussion and decisions of the Group regarding these proposals.

14h30-15h00:

VIII. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE NEXT MEETING

      a) Date and place.

      b) Organisations and experts to be invited at the next meeting.

15h00: Close of the 20th MG-S-ROM meeting.

APPENDIX 3 to MG-S-ROM (2005)19

FINAL LIST OF PARTICIPANTS / LISTE FINALE DES PARTICIPANTS

20h Meeting of the Specialist Group on Roma, Gypsies and Travellers

20e Réunion du Groupe de spécialistes sur les Roms, Tsiganes et Voyageurs

(MG-S-ROM)

Strasbourg : 22-23 November / novembre 2005

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Chair/Président: Mr. Ian NAYSMITH (United Kingdom/Royaume-Uni)
Co-Chair/Co-président: Mr. Jan JERO (Slovak Republic/République slovaque)
Second Co-Chair/
Deuxième Co-président) Mr. Dezideriu GERGELY (Romania/Roumanie)

Bulgaria/Bulgarie
Ms. Mirolubka RAZSOUKANOVA (Confirmed)
Chief Expert
Directorate for European Integration and international Relations
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
2 Triaditza Str, 1051 Sofia
Bulgaria
Tel: + 359 2 987 25 32 ; Fax: +359 2 981 53 76
E-mail: razsoukanova@mlsp.government.bg
 
Croatia/Croatie
Ms. Milena KLAJNER (Confirmed)
Head of the Office for National Minorities of the Government of Croatia
Mesnicka 23, 10000 Zagreb
Tel.: +385 1 45 69 358 ; Fax: +385 1 45 69 324
Email: milena.klajner@vlada.hr

Czech Republic/République tchèque
Mr. Zdeněk DUNA (not present)
U Větrolamu 1702, Praha 8, 184 00
Tel :
E-mail : duna.zdenek@vlada.cz
 
Finland/Finlande
Mr. Henry HEDMAN (excused)
Member of the Advisory Board on Romany Affairs
Sipusaarentie 78, 11120 Riihimäki
Tel.: +358 19 73 32 55 ; Mobile : +358 40 516 28 36
Email : henry.hedman@kotus.fi

France
M. Marc GARONNE (Confirmed)
Ministère de l’emploi et de la solidarité, Direction de l’action sociale
11 Pl. des cinq martyrs du Lycée Buffon, 75014 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 56 87 23 ; Fax : +33 (0)1 40 56 86 01
Email : marc.garonne@sante.gouv.fr

Germany/Allemagne
Mr. Michael von KLÜCHTZNER (Confirmed)
Federal Ministry of Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany,
SH II 3, Minority Law issues, Graurheindorfer Straße 198
D-53173 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 681 3765; Fax : 0049 228 681 5 3765
Email : michael.kluechtzner@bmi.bund.de

Greece/Grèce
Ms. Louiza KYRIAKAKI (Confirmed)
Ministry of Interior, Public Administration & Decentralization
Dept. of Development Programs and International Organizations
27, Stadiou av.,
P.O. 101 83 Athens
Tel.: +30 210 32 44 089; Fax: +30 210 32 21 152; Mobile: +30 6944 943 952
Email: lkyriakaki@yahoo.gr; ldk@ath.forthnet.gr

Hungary/Hongrie
Dr. Andor ÜRMÖS (Confirmed)
Head of Department
Ministry of Youth, Social and Family Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Vigado u. Budapest 1051
Tel.: 36 1 235 45 30 Fax : 36 1 235 4407
Email : or urmosandor@freemail.hu (private)

Ireland/Irlande
Mr. Brendan SHEEHY (Confirmed)
Principal, Equal Status Division
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin 2
Tel.: +353 1 479 0222 ; Fax : +353 1 479 0296
Email : BDSheehy@justice.ie

Italy/Italie:
Dr. Claudio MARTA (Confirmed)
Professor of Interethnic Relations at Università degli Studi di Napoli "l'Orientale"
Viale Marx 239, 00137 Roma
Tel.: +39 06 86 89 10 21 ; Fax: +39 06 86 89 10 21
Email : claudio.marta@libero.it

Malta/Malte (excused)
M. Christian SGANDURRA
f/Director Multilateral Affairs
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants Street
Valletta CMR 02
Malta
Tel : +356-25968406 ; Fax : +356-21251520
Email : christian.sgandurra@gov.mt

Monaco (excused)

Netherlands/Pays-Bas
Mr. Peter JORNA (Confirmed)
“FORUM”
Institute for Multicultural Development
P.O. Box 201
3500 AE Utrecht
Tel.: + 31 30 297 43 21 ; Fax: +31 30 296 00 50
Email : p.jorna@forum.nl

Norway/Norvège
Mrs. Tove SKOTVEDT (Confirmed)
Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development,
Department of Saami and Minority Affairs
P.O. Box 8112 Dep, 0032 Oslo
Tel. : +47 22 24 69 56 ; Fax : + 47 22 24 95 38
Email : tove.skotvedt@krd.dep.no

Poland/Pologne
Dr. Andrzej MIRGA (Confirmed)
Director for Roma Programs of Project of Ethnic Relations (PER)
Razvikowskiego 134, Apr 2, 31342 Cracow
Tel.: +48 12 635 90 92
Email: usmirga@cyf-kr.edu.pl

Portugal
Mrs. Maria José BOIA LINO (not present)
High Commissariat for Immigration and Ethnic Minorites – ACIME
Pc Carlos Alberto, 71, 4000 Porto
Tel. : +351 22 2046110
Email : maria.lino@acime.gov.pt

Romania/Roumanie
Mr. Dezideriu GERGELY (SECOND CO-CHAIR) (Confirmed)
National Council for Combating Discrimination
Valter Maracineanu, no.1-3,
Bucharest, Sector 1
Tel/Fax. +40 21.312.65.78; +4021 312.65.79; +40 21 312.65.85
E-mail: dezideriu.gergely@cncd.org.ro

Russian Federation/Fédération de Russie
Mr. Sergey TOLKALIN (Confirmed)
Deputy Director, Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 32/34 Smolenskaya-Sennaya sq., Moscow, 119 200
Tel.: +7 095 244 30 31/244 30 25 ; Fax: +7 095 244 30 45
Email : dgpch@mid.ru

Slovak Republic/République slovaque
Mr. Jan HERO (CO-CHAIR) (Confirmed)
State Pedagogical Institute in Bratislava in the Department for Education of Roma,
Štátny pedagogický ústav, POBox 26, 830 00 Bratislava
Tel.: +42190581742 ; Fax :
Email : jan.hero@stonline.sk

Mrs. Ivana KASAROVA (Confirmed)
Human Rights Department
Adviser
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Hlboka 2
SK - 833 36 Bratislava
Tel.: +421 2 5978 37 35 - Fax: +421 2 5978 3735
E-mail: ivana_kasarova@foreign.gov.sk

Mrs. Zusana ŠKUBLOVA (Confirmed)
Director of the Foreign Help Project Unit
Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic
Limbova 2
SK – 83304 Bratislava
Tel: +421 2 59373 268
E-mail : zusana.skublova@health.gov.sk

Mr. Eugen NAGY (Confirmed)
Advisor
Health Care Department of the
Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic
Limbova 2
SK – 83304 Bratislava
Tel: + 421 2 59373 377
Email: Eugen.Nagy@health.gov.sk

Slovenia/Slovénie
Mr. Samo DROBEŽ, (Confirmed)
Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia,
Office for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Mackova 2, 1501 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 (0)1 300 94 12 ; Fax: +386(0)1 300 94 34
Email : samo.drobez@gov.si

Spain/Espagne
Mrs. Isabel ALONSO LUZURIAGA (Confirmed)
Jefa de Área de Programas
Subdirección General de Programas Sociales
Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
José Abascal 39, 28003 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 363 81 27; Fax: +34 91 363 74 58; Mobile: +34 637 50 30 41
Email: ialonsol@mtas.es

Sweden/Suède (Confirmed)
Mrs. Klara GRUNDBERG
Ministry of Justice
Enheten för demokratiutveckling, mänskliga rättigheter, folkrörelsefrågor och idrott
Justitiedepartementet
Vasagatan 8-10 B-huset, 4th floor
103 33 Stockholm
Tel.: +46 (0)8 405 35 73
Email : klara.grundberg@justice.ministry.se

«the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia»/«l’ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine»/
Mrs. Mabera KAMBERI (excused)
Assistant Minister – Minister of Labour and Social Policy
Ul Dame Gruev No. 14, MK- 1000 Skopje
Tel.: +389 2 310 6224; Mobile: +389 7036 7632; Fax: +389 2 311 0251
Email: mabera_k@yahoo.com

Ukraine
Mr. Petr GRYGORICHENKO (Confirmed)
Ukrainian representative to the MG-S-ROM
9B Mala Zhytomyrs'ka St.,
UA-Kiev 01001
Tel./Fax : +38 044 228 87 11
Email : forumo@kievweb.com.ua

United Kingdom/Royaume Uni
Mr. Ian NAYSMITH (Confirmed)
Race Legislation & International Team
Home Office
1st Floor, Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
Tel.: +44 20 7035 3732; Fax:  + 44 870 336 9059
Email : ian.naysmith@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

INVITED NGOS / EXPERTS / ROMA REPRESENTATIVES
ONG / EXPERTS / REPRESENTANTS ROMS INVITES

Mr. Valeriu NICOLAE
Expert (Confirmed)
European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF)
Tel : + 32 476 538 194
Email : valeriu.nicolae@erionet.org

Ms. Alfia ABDIKEEVA (Confirmed)
Consulant
Edf. Mirador de la Bahia 1A
C/ Las Maravillas 24
18697 La Herradura, Granada - Spain
Tel : +34 (958) 618 205 +34 (661) 020 531
E-mail : abdikeeva@gmail.com

Mr. Nikilay KIRILOV (Confirmed)
Chair of the Local Parliament of the municipality of Lom
Executive Director
Pakiv - European Roma Fund
1000 Sofia, str "Gyrko" 26
Bulgaria
Tel: + 359 2 980 13 55
Fax: + 359 2 980 13 55
E-mail : n.kirilov@pakiv.org or n.kirilov@almus.net

Mr. Dušan ŠLOSÁR (Confirmed)
Roma Precautionary Schemes Coordinator
International Relations
Mayor’s Office
04011 Košice
Slovakia
Tel:  +421 55 6419 401
Fax:: +421 55 6437 175
Email: slosar@kosice.sk

Mrs. Véronique DURAND (Confirmed)
Responsable du Réseau Gens du Voyage
Réseau IDEAL
84 ter avenue de Fontainebleau
F - 94 276 LE KREMLIN BICETRE Cedex
Tel : +33 (0)1 45 15 13 24
Email : v.durand@reseau-ideal.asso.fr

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS/INSTITUTIONS / INSTITUTIONS/ORGANISATIONS INSTITUTIONS INTERNATIONALES

European Commission / Commission européenne

Mr. Anthony LOCKETT (excused)
Deputy Head of Unit ; Unit D-3;
Employment and Social Affairs DG
Office J 37 5/26 6
B-1049 Brussels
Email: Anthony.Lockett@cec.eu.int

European Parliament / Parlement européen

Mrs. Lívia JÁRÓKA (excused)
European Deputy
Altiero Spinelli Building 12E253
60, rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels, Belgium
Email: ljaroka@europarl.eu.int

Mr. David MARK (not present)
Roma Policy Issues, Office of Viktória Mohácsi, MEP
Altiero Spinelli Building 09G213
60, rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: + 32 2 284 76 28 / + 32 494 506 026; Fax: +32 2 284 96 28
Email: vmohacsi@europarl.eu.int
 
European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)

Mrs. Eva SOBOTKA (Confirmed)
Administrator for Communication and External Relations
Unit 3, Rahlgasse 3
A-1060 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43-1-580 30 34 ; Fax: + 43 1580 3093
Email: eva.sobotka@eumc.eu.int

OSCE/ Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights/

Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues/ OSCE /
Bureau pour les Institutions démocratiques et les droits de l’homme/
Point de contact pour les questions roms et sinti

Mr. Dan DOGHI (Confirmed)
Officer on Roma and Sinti Issues
19 Ujazdowskie Avenue
PL - 00-557 Warsaw, Poland
Tel : +48 22 520 06 00 ext. 4145; Fax: +48 22 520 06 05
E-mail : dan.doghi@odihr.pl

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)/
Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les Réfugiés (HCR)

Mr. Samuel BOUTRUCHE (Confirmed)
Legal Assistant
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions in Strasbourg
c/o Council of Europe - Palais 1.018
67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel.: + 33 3 88 41 30 09
Email: boutruch@unhcr.ch

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/
Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUD)

Mr. Andrey IVANOV (excused)
UNDP, Human Development Advisor
Regional Support Centre Europe and the CIS
Grösslingova 35
SK - 81109 Bratislava
Email : andrey.ivanov@undp.org

World bank /Banque mondiale

Ms. Tunde BUZETZKY (excused)
Communications and Operations Analyst
The World Bank
Slovakia Country Office
Suche myto 1 – 811 03 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Tél : +421 2 5752 6724; Fax : + 421 2 5752 6701
Email : tbuzetzky@worldbank.org

Council of Europe Development Bank /
Banque de Développement du Conseil de l'Europe 

Mme Eva SCHWEBEL (Confirmed)
Sector Manager – Department for Project Financing
Council of Europe Development Bank
55, avenue Kléber, F-75116 Paris, France
Tel./ + 33 / (0)1 47 55 55 92 ; Fax : + 33 / (0)1 47 55 37 52
Email : Eva.Schwebel@coebank.org

INTERNATIONAL NGOs / ONGs INTERNATIONALES

European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) /
Forum européen des Roms et des Gens du voyage (FERV) /
Evropako Forumo le Romengo thaj Travellerengo (EFRT) 

Ms. Mihaela ZATREANU (Confirmed)
Chief Executive Officer
Room 06
Tel : +33 3 90 21 53 50
Email: Mihaela.Zatreanu@coe.int

Mr. Istvan FORGACS (excused)
Administrative Assistant
Room 04
Tel : +33 3 90 21 43 50
E-mail : Istvan.Forgacs@coe.int

Ms. Karolina STANKIEWITZ (excused)
Roma Media Coordinator
Room 04
Tel : +33 3 90 21 43 50
Email : Karolina.Stankiewicz@coe.int

Project on Ethnic Relations (PER)

Mrs. Livia PLAKS (excused)
President, Project on Ethnic Relations,
15 Chambers Street, Princeton, New Jersey, 08542 USA
Tel.: +1 609 683 5666; Fax: +1 609 683 5888
Email: livia.plaks@per-usa.org

European Roma Rights Center (ERRC)

Mr. Claude CAHN (excused)
Programmes Director
European Roma Rights Centre
PO Box 906/96
H-386 Budapest 62
Hungary
Tel : +36 (1) 41 32 240 ; +36 (20) 98 36 445; Fax : +36 (1) 41 32 201
Email: ccahn@errc.org

European Roma Information Office (ERIO)

Mr. Ivan IVANOV (excused)
Director
European Roma Information Office
Avenue Eduard Lacomble 17
B-1040 Bruxelles
Email : ivan.ivanov@erionet.org

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Mr. Iulius ROSTAS (excused)
Open Society Institute
Oktober 6. ut. 12
H-1051 Budapest
Hungary
Tel.: +36 1 327 3100; Fax: +36 1 327 3101
Email: irostas@osi.hu

COUNCIL OF EUROPE BODIES / ORGANES DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

Private Office of the Secretary General/ Cabinet du Secrétaire Général

      - Mr. Markus ADELSBACH (excused)

Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers/
Secrétariat du Comité des Ministres

      - Mrs. Ulrika FLODIN (excused)

Secretariat for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities/
Congrès des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux du Conseil de l’Europe

      - Mrs. Dolores RIOS (excused)

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights/
Bureau du Commissaire aux Droits de l’Homme

- Mr. Lauri SIVONEN (confirmed)
Directorate General I - Legal Affairs/
Direction Générale I – Affaires Juridiques

- Ad hoc Committee for Refugees, Statelessness and Asylum (excused)

      Seekers (CA-HAR)/Comité ad hoc d’experts sur les aspects
      juridiques de l’asile territorial, des réfugiés et des apatrides
      Mr. Denis BRIBOSIA (excused)

- Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional of Minority

      Languages/Secrétariat de la Charte européenne des langues
      régionales ou minoritaires
      Mr. Hasan BERMEK (excused)

Directorate General II - Human Rights/
Direction Générale II – Droits de l’Homme

- European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)/

      Commission Européenne contre le Racisme et l’Intolérance
      Mrs. Claudia LAM (Confirmed)

- Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection

      of National Minorities and of the DH-MIN/Secrétariat de la
      Convention Cadre pour le Protection des Minorités nationales
      et du DH-MIN

        Mrs. Françoise KEMPF (Confirmed)

- Human Rights Co-Operation and Awareness Division/

      Division de la Coopération et de la sensibilisation en matière
      des Droits de l’Homme

        Mr. Krzysztof ZYMAN (excused)

- European Social Charter/

      Charte Sociale Européene
      Mrs. Gisella GORI (Confirmed)

Directorate General IV / Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport/
Direction Générale IV – Education, Culture et Patrimoine, Jeunesse et Sport

      - Department of School and Out-of-School Education

        Mrs. Aurora AILINCAI (Confirmed)
        Mrs Paola CASTELLANI (Confirmed)

Directorate General III / Social Cohesion/Direction Générale III / Cohésion Sociale

Secretariat of the Partial Agreement on the Development Bank of the Council of Europe /
Secrétariat de l’Accord Partiel de la Banque de Développement du Conseil de l’Europe

Mr. Fredrik HOLM (excused)
Tel. : +33 3 88 41 33 58
Email : fredrik.holm@coe.int

Health Division – Health policies, patients’ rights, citizen participation/
Politiques de santé, droits des patients, participation du citoyen

Mr. Piotr MIERZEWSKI (excused)
Tel. : +33 3 88 41 30 04
Email : piotr.mierzewski@coe.int

Social Policy Department/ Services des Politiques Sociales

Mrs. Michèle AKIP (excused)
Tel.: + 33 3 88 41 23 46
Email: michele.akip@coe.int

Migration and Roma Department /
Service des Migrations et des Roms

Mrs. Maria OCHOA-LLIDÓ (Confirmed)
Head of Migration and Roma Department
Tel.: +33 3 88 41 21 79; Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31
Email: maria.ochoa-llido@coe.int

Migration Division / Division des migrations

Mr. Simon TONELLI (excused)
Head of Migration Division
Tel.: + 33 3 88 41 21 62; Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31
Email: simon.tonelli@coe.int

Roma and Travellers Division / Division des Roms et des Gens du Voyage

Website:
English version: http://www.coe.int/T/E/Social_Cohesion/Roma_Travellers/
Version française: http://www.coe.int/T/F/Cohésion_sociale/Roms_Gens_du_voyage/
General mailbox: DG3.Roma@coe.int (For documentation requests)

Mr. Michaël GUET (Confirmed)
Head of Roma and Travellers Division, Secretary of MG-S-ROM
Tel.: +33 3 90 21 49 63; Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31
Email: michael.guet@coe.int

Mr. Henry SCICLUNA (Confirmed)
Coordinator
Tel.: +33 3 88 41 21 71; Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31
Email. Henry.scicluna@coe.int

Mrs. Eleni TSETSEKOU (Confirmed)
Administrator
Tel: +33 3 88 41 24 33; Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31
Email: eleni.tsetsekou@coe.int

Ms. Ivana d’ALESSANDRO (Confirmed)
Project Manager and Webmaster
Tel: +33 3 90 21 51 51; Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31
Email: Ivana.Dalessandro@coe.int

Ms. Nelly TASNADI (Confirmed)
Assistant
Tel.: +33 3 88 41 38 54 ; Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31
Email: nelly.tasnadi@coe.int

Trainees :
Ms Erika ADAMOVA
Ms Andrea SLOBODNIKOVA
Mr Ugo CARUSO
Ms Cecilia CARDITO

INTERPRETERS/INTERPRETES

Ms Nora COSTACHE Romani - English
Ms. Diana KIRILOVA Romani - French
Mr Nicolas GUITTONNEAU French - English
Mrs Rémy JAIN French - English
Mr William VALK French - English


1 Finland and Hungary were not present during the vote.

2 The Slovak Constitutional Court decided on 18 October 2005 that section 8, paragraph 8, of the Anti-Discrimination Law was not in line with the Slovak Constitution. If the body that issued the law (the Slovak Parliament) does not ensure the compliance of the section concerned with the Constitution within six months from promulgation of the decision of the Constitutional Court in the Collection of Laws (7 December 2005), the section expires six months from this date (7 June 2006).

3 The German member of the MG-S-ROM informed the Secretariat that his authorities agreed with the version of the text that had been agreed upon by the Group on 22 November 2005, subject to certain information appearing in the explanatory report. The adopted document was sent to the CDMG for possible adoption at their 51st meeting scheduled on 19-21 April 2006. The version attached in Appendix 1 was approved by the CDMG on 21 April.

4 Since no written comments had been received, the deadline was later extended to 13 April 2006.

5 The term “Roma and Travellers” used in the present text refers to Roma, Sinti, Kalé, Travellers, and related groups in Europe, and aims to cover the wide diversity of groups concerned. In the context of the United Kingdom “Roma and Travellers” also refers to self-nominating ˝Gypsies˝.

6 The discussion is restricted to permanent members of the Group of Specialists, as well as to members designated by member states. This excludes the five NGO representatives/consultants and the observers.