On 10 April, upon invitation by Benedek Javor MEP, Thorsten Afflerbach, Head of Division for the Roma and Travellers Team, addressed the participants of the event “From quality education to decent employment”. In the Panel “Access to decent employment”, moderated by Terry Reintke MEP, he presented the recommendations on facilitating the transition from education to employment for Roma youth, emanating from the 4th meeting of the Council of Europe Dialogue with Roma and Traveller Civil Society (Strasbourg, September 2017).
On 12 April, at the event “Roma Youth in the Policy Agenda Post 2018/2020”, hosted by the Council of Europe Brussels office, and moderated by Gordana Berjan, Executive Director of the Council’s European Youth Centre (EYC) in Budapest, Hungary, Mr Afflerbach presented the youth component of the Council’s Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019) the Council of Europe / European Commission Joint Programmes INSCHOOL, JUSTROM, ROMACT and ROMACTED as well as the possibilities for Roma youth to participate in the political debate at European level in the context of the Council of Europe Dialogue with Roma and Traveller Civil Society.
Gordana Berjan stressed that the Roma Youth Action Plan complements the Council’s Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers and was a response by the youth sector to the challenges faced by Roma young people in Europe. She explained that particular emphasis was put on capacity building of Roma youth leaders and organisations, youth participation, involvement of Roma young people and double mainstreaming of Roma/youth policies in the Action Plan, and that current work was focusing on the setting up of a Roma Youth Academy.
Furthermore, on 10 April, Aurora Ailincai, Head of the Strategic Partnerships Unit within the Roma and Travellers Team, moderated a working group in the workshop on “Evidence based Roma inclusion policy development: how to make effective use of the survey and the study on returnees in Western Balkans?” which took place in the World Bank office. The ROMACT, INSCHOOL and ROMACTED project managers contributed to the related workshops on education, employment, discrimination and civil documentation.
On 11 April, the European Commission (DG EMPL) organised a working meeting of the beneficiary municipalities involved in transnational co-operation visits within the ROMACT programme. Ana Oprisan, ROMACT Programme Manager, moderated the meeting after introductory remarks of Emanuelle Grange, Head of Disability and Inclusion Unit in DG EMPL and Ms Ailincai.