Committee of Experts on Roma and
The setting up by the Committee of Ministers of
a Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers (MG-S-ROM) was decided in
September 1995. This Committee is the first Council of Europe body responsible for
reviewing the situation of Roma and Travellers in Europe on a regular basis.
study, analyse and evaluate the implementation of policies
(national programmes and/or action plans) and practices of member
states concerning Roma and Travellers;
up guidelines for the development and/or implementation of
policies which promote the rights of the Roma and Traveller
populations taking into account the findings of the monitoring
mechanisms of the relevant legal instruments of the Council of
under review the situation of Roma and Travellers in member
states in compliance with relevant legal instruments of the Council
The Committee meets twice a year and
welcomes participants from 29 Member States.
Mr. Dezideriu GERGELY (Romania) is the current Chair of the Committee;
Mr. Ian NAYSMITH (United Kingdom) and Ms. Louiza KYRIAKAKI
(Greece) are the
The Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional
Authorities of Europe and ECRI (European Commission against Racism and
Intolerance) can send one or more representatives. In addition, representatives
of the Organisation for Co-operation and Security in Europe (Office for
Democratic Institutions and Human Rights/Contact Point for Roma and Sinti
Issues) and the European Commission attend meetings of the Committee as observers.
The Committee can invite representatives of other Council of Europe bodies and other
international organisations where appropriate. Lastly, depending on the agenda
of its meetings, it may invite competent experts and representatives of Roma and
Travellers organisations. The European Roma and
Travellers Forum recently received Observer status.