The Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues (SRSG) is responsible for the coordination and implementation of policies and activities regarding Roma and Traveller issues of the Council of Europe with key emphasis on monitoring national policies and activities, developing sustainable networks with all level key stakeholders and promoting effective strategies for Roma and Traveller inclusion
At its 13th plenary meeting (Prague, Czech Republic, 31 May-3 June 2017), the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) endorsed changes to the Council of Europe’s Dialogue platform with Roma and Traveller civil Society [CAHROM(2017)16] in order to ensure maximum civil society’s input and sustainable follow-up activities on Roma and Traveller issues in line with the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers 2016-2019.
The Dialogue with Roma and Traveller Civil Society serves as a forum for Roma and Traveller civil society, the Council of Europe and other stakeholders to improve their knowledge through exchange experiences and sharing of best practices, plan future co-operation activities at national and local level.
Each Dialogue meeting will focus on specific topics chosen by the Council of Europe Secretariat based on priorities and actions contained in the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019), or additional Council of Europe relevant priorities. On an exceptional basis, additional topics for discussion could also be identified in order to respond to emergency/crisis situations in Europe/member States which require immediate dialogue with civil society and action. Cooperative work between all stakeholders is encouraged.
- Reinforce regular dialogue and consultation between the Council of Europe and Roma and Traveller civil society, including those working at grassroots level, on policies and practices relevant for the inclusion of Roma and Travellers, as identified in the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019) and additional priorities identified in consultation with the Council of Europe’s entities and monitoring bodies;
- Channel the outcomes/conclusions/follow-up proposals of this regular dialogue prepared by two appointed civil society rapporteurs through member States (via the CAHROM) and the (National) European (Union) Platform for Roma Inclusion with a view to multiplying the impact of the Dialogue;
- Timeframe permitting, for any future revision of the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019), the Roma and Traveller civil society could be consulted through the Dialogue before new Council of Europe priorities are set. Alternatively, act as civil society consultative body on the implementation of the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019).
The 4th Dialogue meeting will concentrate on the issue of Roma Youth Employment and Vocational Education and Training and address ways to ensure a bridge between education and employment for young Roma and Travellers. Initiatives and projects in member States related to vocational education and training, social entreprises, job fairs, the certification of professional skills for young Roma without diploma, measures to combat school drop-out and early marriages, etc., as well as funding available at European level (e.g. the NEET programme of the EU) will be discussed.
The working languages of the Dialogue meeting will be English, French and Romani.
Anticipated thematic outcomes for the 4th Dialogue meeting
To place vocational education and training (VET) at the center of the advocacy efforts regarding:
- the empowerment of Roma and Traveller youth to combat leaving education early;
- the return to education for those who dropped out early (second chance classes);
- the professional skills of young Roma and Travellers without diplomas;
- career pathway and choice – linking education and training to labour market needs.
Who can participate
Roma and Traveller individuals and experts from Roma and (non)Roma civil society with expertise in Roma youth, employment and vocational education are encouraged to participate.
The Call for Participation
Interested candidates must complete an online Application Form by Friday, 25 August 2017, at 18:00 Central European Time.
Profile of the applicants
- Roma and non-Roma participants should be experts in one of the following areas:
- Roma youth;
- Youth Employment;
- Youth and Entrepreneurship / Apprenticeships;
- Vocational Education and Training (VET);
- Professional skilling of marginalised social groups;
- Second chance programmes;
- Professional skilling for those without diplomas;
- Measures to combat educational drop-outs;
- Youth Not in Education, in Employment or Training (NEET).
Candidates should equally:
- Be in a position to use and promote the outcomes of the Dialogue in their work;
- Be resident in one of the Council of Europe member States;
- Be actively involved in Roma and/or Traveller youth issues, particularly in the area of vocational educational and training,(access to) employment and advocacy of these issues at local, national or European levels;
- Be fluent in one of the Dialogue meeting working languages;
- Be available to attend the Dialogue for its full duration.
A maximum of 20 representatives of Roma and Traveller civil society will be selected by the Council of Europe Secretariat to participate in the Dialogue on the basis of their applications while securing a geographical and gender balance, as well as a balance between Roma and Traveller Civil Society representatives and other key stakeholders with expertise on the topic areas.
Applicants should clearly state in their motivation, their area of competence in the field and indicate in which way their expertise would contribute to reaching pertinent conclusions on the identified topic of the meeting.
Selected participants will be informed by Friday 1 September 2017
In order to ensure maximum civil society’s and experts’ input and sustainable follow-up activities, Roma and Traveller individuals and other experts from civil society will need to respond to a call for application, different for each Dilaogue meeting, through which participants should clearly state their expertise on the topic and their motivation to participate in the Dialogue.
A rotation of participants is encouraged as a means of increasing capacity and expertise, widening the spectrum of participation, multiplying different viewpoints, perspectives and inputs and promoting innovation within the Dialogue.
- Concept paper on the proposed reform of the Council of Europe dialogue with Roma and Traveller Organisations
- Concept Note: From Education to Employment
- Draft Agenda of the 4th Dialogue meeting
- Guidelines for Ad Hoc Rapporteurs from the Council of Europe’s Dialogue with Roma And Traveller Civil Society