First Roma and Travellers Forum Plenary Assembly to be held at Council of
Europe from 13 to 15 December: Press release
Strasbourg, 08.12.2005 - The Council of Europe is to host the first ever
session of the European Roma and Travellers Forum, bringing together Roma
representatives from 42 of the Council’s 46 member states.
The Forum, which will be held from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 December, aims to
be a first step to integrating the estimated 12 million Roma who live in Europe,
many facing extreme poverty, a life span up to 15 years under the average, and
the highest child mortality in Europe.
Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis and the Permanent
Representative of Romania and present chair of the Ministers Deputies
Ambassador Gheorghe Magheru will attend the opening ceremony, along with
Finnish Ambassador Ann-Marie Nyroos and French Ambassador Gilles Chouraqui.
(13 December in the Palais de l’Europe, Room 1, at 15.00).
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European
Parliament President Josep Borrell Fontelles are also expected to attend.
A press conference will be held on 15 December at 13.15 – 14.00 in room 1.
The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) is the largest and most inclusive
Roma and Travellers organisation in Europe. It is the only international Roma
institution which brings together international and national Roma and Travellers
umbrella organisations, community leaders and representatives of NGOs,
governmental advisory bodies and political parties.