Background Background

The Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues (SRSG) is responsible for the coordination and implementation of policies and activities regarding Roma and Traveller issues of the Council of Europe with key emphasis on monitoring national policies and activities, developing sustainable networks with all level key stakeholders and promoting effective strategies for Roma and Traveller inclusion

At its 13th plenary meeting (Prague, Czech Republic, 31 May-3 June 2017), the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) endorsed changes to the Council of Europe’s Dialogue platform with Roma and Traveller civil Society [CAHROM(2017)16] in order to ensure maximum civil society’s input and sustainable follow-up activities on Roma and Traveller issues in line with the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers 2016-2019.

The Dialogue with Roma and Traveller Civil Society serves as a forum for Roma and Traveller civil society, the Council of Europe and other stakeholders to improve their knowledge through exchange experiences and sharing of best practices, plan future co-operation activities at national and local level.

Each Dialogue meeting will focus on specific topics chosen by the Council of Europe Secretariat based on priorities and actions contained in the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019), or additional Council of Europe relevant priorities. On an exceptional basis, additional topics for discussion could also be identified in order to respond to emergency/crisis situations in Europe/member States which require immediate dialogue with civil society and action. Cooperative work between all stakeholders is encouraged.

Objectives Objectives
  • Reinforce regular dialogue and consultation between the Council of Europe and Roma and Traveller civil society, including those working at grassroots level, on policies and practices relevant for the inclusion of Roma and Travellers, as identified in the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019) and additional priorities identified in consultation with the Council of Europe’s entities and monitoring bodies;
  • Channel the outcomes/conclusions/follow-up proposals of this regular dialogue prepared by two appointed civil society rapporteurs through member States (via the CAHROM) and the (National) European (Union) Platform for Roma Inclusion with a view to multiplying the impact of the Dialogue;
  • Timeframe permitting, for any future revision of the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019), the Roma and Traveller civil society could be consulted through the Dialogue before new Council of Europe priorities are set. Alternatively, act as civil society consultative body on the implementation of the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019)
6th dialogue meeting:15-16 october 2018 6th dialogue meeting:15-16 october 2018

The 6th meeting of the Council of Europe Dialogue with Roma and Traveller Civil Society will focus on a Civil Society assessment of the implementation of the Council of Europe Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019) and will:

 

  • Provide an opportunity for reflection;
  • Assess the relevance of the topics in the Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019) and identify and propose topics that should be included in the Council of Europe’s post-2019 Roma and Traveller agenda, whilst taking in consideration recent developments and political trends in the member states;
  • Identify and propose additional key stakeholders at national level who could become partners in the implementation of the Thematic Action Plan and help to ensure its sustainability;
  • Identify and propose appropriate measures and tools to fight  anti-Gypsyism and to improve the situation of Roma and Traveller women, children and young people in Europe;
  • Discuss possible ways of establishing early warning  and response mechanisms;
  • Highlight examples of good practices in the member states.
  • Identify and propose appropriate measures and tools to fight  anti-Gypsyism and to improve the situation of Roma and Traveller women, children and young people in Europe;
  • Discuss possible ways of establishing early warning  and response mechanisms;
  • Highlight examples of good practices in the member states.

The 6th Dialogue will serve as a consultation platform for assessing the successes and challenges resulting from the implementation of the Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019) and for identifying and proposing the priority areas, key targets and effective strategies which should be incorporated in the Council of Europe’s post-2019 Roma and Traveller agenda.

 

It will also serve as a policy-making forum for Roma and Traveller civil society organisations and other stakeholders to improve their knowledge, exchange experiences and share best practices, plan future co-operation activities and identify possibilities for promoting Roma and Traveller political and public participation.

Contacts Contacts
  • Robert Rustem - Outreach Officer of the Roma and Travellers Team of the Council of Europe
  • Chrisoula Arcoudis - Seconded National Expert to the Roma and Travellers Team of the Council of Europe
DIALOGUE PARTICIPANTS DIALOGUE PARTICIPANTS

In order to ensure maximum civil society’s and experts’ input and sustainable follow-up activities, Roma and Traveller individuals and other experts from civil society will need to respond to a call for application, different for each Dilaogue meeting, through which participants should clearly state their expertise on the topic and their motivation to participate in the Dialogue.

A rotation of participants is encouraged as a means of increasing capacity and expertise, widening the spectrum of participation, multiplying different viewpoints, perspectives and inputs and promoting innovation within the Dialogue.

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