Under the authority of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), the Roma Support Team pursues two key missions:

  • Ensuring the implementation of the Strasbourg Declaration on Roma Issues (as adopted in October 2010)
  • Coordinating the work on Roma at the Council of Europe notably through the development of transversal approaches

The Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues implements the activities under its responsibility in the Programme and Budget

SRSG Roma Support Team is a structure under the authority of the Secretary General.

Organisation chart of the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues

Main objectives and activities

  • Facilitating the exchange of experience and assisting member States in the process of drafting and implementing Roma Action Plans in the light of the Council of Europe’s principles
  • Ensuring the functioning of the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts for Roma and Travellers Issues (CAHROM)
  • Assisting the CAHROM in the implementation of its Terms of Reference and ensuring the implementation of technical assistance missions, notably through the organisation of thematic exchanges as requested by member States
  • Building more inclusive societies by assisting member States at local and central level in their efforts to integrate Roma, based on Council of Europe standards and recommendations, and supported by a wide network of Roma International Organisations and Roma civil society
  • Promoting Roma art and culture through the establishment of a European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC)
  • Developing a European approach, in co-operation inter alia with International Organisations, for the protection of Roma, based on the Council of Europe’s acquis
  • Through co-operation and partnership with the EC, developing the capacity of municipalities to draft and implement sound Roma integrated policies and reinforcing the capacity and the power of negotiation of Roma citizens and organisations