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The youth sector of the Council of Europe organises between 20 and 29 October 2012 a training course for Roma youth leaders and young activists.

34 participants from 18 countries will be trained on how to develop youth initiatives and actions in their communities, in order to fight discrimination and anti-Gypsyism.

The course is organised in the framework of the Council of Europe Roma Youth Action Plan.

Draft Programme / Draft List of participants and project ideas / Presentation of the Course

The youth sector of the Council of Europe has for a long time associated young Roma to its policy and work for intercultural dialogue and human rights education. In 1995 a ground-breaking training course for Roma youth leaders was held at the EYC in Strasbourg, in the framework of the “all different-all equal” European youth campaign.

As a result of the “All Different – All Equal” European youth campaign against racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and intolerance, the Council of Europe supported the development of the Roma youth networks across Europe, of which the most visible has probably become the Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP).

In addition to denouncing situations of discrimination, Romaphobia and Antigypsyism, the youth policy of the Council of Europe supports the involvement of Roma young people in matters that concern them and, in this respect, sees the participation of young Roma as an essential dimension in the transformation of the status challenges faced by Roma communities across Europe.

The Roma Youth Conference
In September 2011, as a follow-up of the Strasbourg Declaration, the youth sector has co-organised with the Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues a consultation with Roma youth organisations in Europe for the elaboration of a ‘Roma youth action plan’. The Roma Youth Conference brought together Roma youth organisations, representatives of the Council of Europe and Roma young people for consulting on and setting priorities and main areas of action of a Roma youth action plan.

More about the Conference:

Roma Youth Conference video:


Guidelines for Roma Youth Action plan ENGLISH - ROMANI


Message of support from the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas HAMMARBERG

PRESENTATION of the Roma Youth Conference

PROGRAMME of the Roma Youth Conference

Roma Youth Conference INFO PACK

Listen to the Podcast on the Roma Youth Conference HERE

Listen to the podcast "Roma youth conference - Momentum for change"

The Roma Youth Action Plan
In 2012 the Council of Europe, together with important civil society partners, developed a Roma Youth Action Plan.

The Roma Youth Action Plan is a response of the Council of Europe to the challenges faced by Roma young people in Europe, particularly in relation to their empowerment, participation in policy decision-making processes and structures at European level and the realities of discrimination and particularly antigypysism that they are confronted with.

The action plan includes activities of the Youth Department and of other sectors of the Council of Europe as well as activities by other partners – intergovernmental and non-governmental – cooperating with the Council of Europe and interested in securing a maximum of impact of their activities by avoiding double work and creating synergies between their activities.

>> Read the Roma Youth Action Plan

Other relevant resources and links
Vademecum The 10 Common Basic Principles on Roma Inclusion

Young Roma, Gypsies and Travellers in Europe - Report on the training course for minority youth leaders : "Situation and perspectives of young people from Roma, Gypsy and Travellers background in Europe" (Strasbourg, April 1995)

Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues