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FOREWORD

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is a mechanism which was established by the first Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member States of the Council of Europe (October 1993). ECRI’s task is to combat racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance at the level of greater Europe and from the perspective of the protection of human rights. ECRI’s members are independent experts, nominated on the basis of their moral authority and recognised expertise in dealing with matters related to the fight against racism and intolerance. ECRI’s programme of activities comprises three aspects: country-by-country approach; work on general themes; activities in relation to civil society.

One of ECRI’s activities, falling under the second element of its programme of work on general themes, is to collect examples of current “good practices” in member States for combating racism and intolerance in different areas. ECRI publishes these examples in a series of collected “good practices”, which are distributed among those circles interested in combating racism and intolerance, to serve as a source of inspiration.

The present publication contains practical examples in combating racism and intolerance against Roma/Gypsies. The examples cited have been compiled by an independent consultant, Mr Robin OAKLEY. This publication is intended to accompany ECRI general policy recommendation N 3 on Combating racism and intolerance against Roma/Gypsies, which was adopted on 6 March 1998, and which provides guidelines for the development of comprehensive national policies in this respect.

Readers of this publication are asked to note that its status is that of a compilation of examples presented in the form of a catalogue. The examples should in no respect be considered as having the status of recommendations to member States of the Council of Europe. Furthermore, since ECRI itself has chosen not to make any value judgments concerning these examples, they are presented here solely for information purposes, to provide inspiration to interested parties.