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4th meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality

headline 12 May 2017 Strasbourg

15-16 May, Paris, France: 4th meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality (OPRE) which includes the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET) and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions...

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Statement of the SRSG for Roma issues on the blaze at a Roma camp in Italy which killed Roma children

headline 12 May 2017 Strasbourg

It is with great sadness and regret that I learned about the events which led to the tragic death of three young girls this week in the Roma camp in the Centocelle district of Rome. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims. I would like to take the...

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Identity and Leadership Seminars: Where I failed and where we failed by Valeriu Nicolae

headline 5 May 2017 Strasbourg

On Friday, May 5, 2017 Valeriu Nicolae, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues (SRSG) was a guest speaker at the Identity and Leadership Seminars of the Roma Access Programmes of the Central European University. In his lecture, the SRSG talked about the Roma identity...

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Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level

ROMACTED Programme to kick off in the Western Balkans and Turkey

headline 5 May 2017 Strasbourg

ROMACTED, “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level”, is a Joint Programme between the European Union (DG NEAR) and the Council of Europe. The programme will be implemented by the Council of Europe’s Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma...

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Visit of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) to Austria

headline 4 May 2017 Strasbourg

Experts from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Slovak Republic and Switzerland examined and discussed the situation regarding those languages in their respective countries. In several of these countries, languages spoken by Roma, Sinti, Kaale and...

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Portuguese government to take over ROMED2 in 2018 for several new municipalities

headline 12 April 2017 Strasbourg

The series of encouraging developments began with the ROMED2 National Workshop in Seixal on 5 April, with the participation of municipalities involved in ROMED2 since 2013 but also two new municipalities (Viseu and Agueda) interested in taking on the ROMED2 approach to Roma participation. On the...

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Ukrainian authorities must stand against evictions, anti-Roma violence, address interethnic tensions and restore respect for rule of law

headline 7 April 2018 Strasbourg

Valeriu Nicolae, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Roma Issues, firmly condemns the dismantling and burning of a Roma camp in Bereznyaky district of Kyiv, the home of approximately 150 people. Local experts estimate that over 70 children are left homeless due to the...

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Statement of Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland ahead of the International Roma Day

10 goals for the next 10 years

headline 6 April 2017 Strasbourg

However, the overall situation of Roma today is far from what I wish it to be. Far too many Roma are born without access to an identity, far too many Roma toddlers are left outside of the social and educational facilities available to the majorities, far too many Roma children are affected by...

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ROMED High Level Stakeholders Seminar "Taking Stock and Looking Forward"

headline 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

On 28 March 2017, the ROMED Joint Programme of the Council of Europe and European Commission reached its closing phase through a seminar organised within the European Commission’s Berlaymont Building, entitled “Taking Stock and Looking Forward”. High-level representatives of the European...

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Declaration of Mayors and Elected Local and Regional Representatives of Council of Europe Member States against anti-Gypsyism

Regional and Local Representatives reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against anti-Gypsyism

headline 28 March 2017 Strasbourg

The declaration was presented by John Warmisham, Congress Spokesperson for Roma Issues, and Valeriu Nicolae, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (SRSG) for Roma Issues. In his speech, Mr Warmisham emphasised that “we, as mayors and elected local and...

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Social Inclusion and Access to School for Roma Children are essential to fight discrimination

In the EU there should not be place for discrimination of Roma Children

headline 28 March 2017 Strasbourg

Brussels, 28 March 2017 – Today at the European Commission, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP, Co-Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights together with Valeriu Nicolae, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues, will call on...

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ROMED's High Level Stakeholder Seminar

headline 27 March 2018 Strasbourg

The objective of the seminar is to present the achievements of ROMED since its inception in 2011 with testimonials from ROMED municipalities, the sharing of lessons learnt and best practices and the conclusions of the external evaluation. The seminar will end with a roundtable on the way forward...

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Declaration against anti-Gypsyism: the Congress calls on local and regional authorities to take a stand

headline 24 March 2017 Strasbourg

At the 32nd Congress Session (28-30 March), a “Declaration of Mayors and Elected Local and Regional Representatives of Council of Europe Member States against anti-Gypsyism” will be presented by John Warmisham the Congress Spokesperson for Roma Issues. The Congress calls on elected...

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Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) visited Spain

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The Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) organised a thematic visit from 14 to 16 December 2016 in Madrid, Spain, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the integration of newly arrived Roma who are usually qualified as “migrants”, but in fact they are EU...

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New Guidelines and Resources for national and local facilitators just published

headline 13 January 2016 Strasbourg

The ROMED2 Guidelines and Resources for national and local facilitators is based on a proven methodology – improved and revised over three years of practical implementation and tested by an external evaluation in 2016 – and provides a complete set of tools for achieving effective participation of...

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Seminar on Combating Early/Child and Forced Marriage

12-13 December 2016 Strasbourg

According to latest research, the phenomenon of early/forced marriages is on the increase: from 700 million victims, the number could increase in the coming years to some 950 million people. With this alarming statistic in mind, and given that the Roma community is particularly vulnerable to it,...

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Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

14 December 2016 Strasbourg

The Committee experts met with representatives of the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees responsible for Roma within the government of BiH. They also had an exchange of views with representatives of various bodies at federal, entity and municipality levels, the Federal Council for Employment,...

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Europe’s largest ethnic minority continues to face intolerable discrimination and unequal access to vital services

headline 29 November 2016 Strasbourg

According to the Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination (EU MIDIS II) Survey by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published today, some 80 % of the Roma people surveyed live below their country’s at-risk-of-poverty threshold. "I did grow-up poor. Poverty wasn’t though the...

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Training of the staff of the juvenile prison of Boytchinovtsi, Bulgaria

28 november 2016 Strasbourg

From 21 to 23 November 2016, the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues organised training for 45 staff members of the sole juvenile prison of Boytchinovtsi in Bulgaria. The training provided an overview of various juvenile penitentiary systems in...

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SRSG for Roma highlight the need for governments and public institutions, to address any forms of violence against Roma and Traveller women

headline 25 November 2016 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the international day for the elimination of violence against women, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Roma issues, Mr Valeriu Nicolae, wishes to highlight the need for governments and relevant public institutions, as well as the civil society and...

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