On this occasion, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues (SRSG) will inform the CAHROM participants about the CoE Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers, recent developments concerning the setting-up of a European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) and the first meeting of the new dialogue mechanism with Roma and Traveller civil society held in Strasbourg on 1-2 December 2015.
The CAHROM meeting will start with a field visit to Samokov Municipality where the participants will have the possibility to exchange views with local authorities, including the Mayor and representatives of the National Network of Health Mediators on various important developments for the inclusion of Roma. Other highlights include housing issues and evictions, vocational education and training, child and forced marriages, Roma health mediators, the participation of Roma and Travellers in consultative bodies, the situation of vulnerable groups among them Roma women youth, children and LGBTIQ, the teaching of Roma History and Roma Genocide, as well as Roma and Traveller’s access to justice. The participants will also look at the future thematic priorities of the CAHROM. The special guest of the meeting is Ms Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues who will present the main findings of her comprehensive study of the human rights situation of Roma worldwide, with a particular focus on the phenomenon of anti-Gypsyism.
Additionally, two side events will take place during this CAHROM session: a coordination meeting between the Council of Europe, EU institutions (European Commission, FRA) and other international organisations (OSCE/ODIHR, OHCHR, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, IOM, CEB, ECMI and RCC) initiated by the SRSG; the second side event will be organised by the European Commission DG NEAR with EU enlargement countries on their Roma policy.