Brussels, Belgium 8-12 April 2018
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organised under the patronage of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, Council of Europe and City of Brussels

The third EU Roma Week will take place in Brussels starting on 8th April, the International Roma Day and continue until Thursday 12 April.

As part of the series of activities, the Council of Europe’s Youth Department will organise a panel discussion about Roma youth in the European Policy Agenda Post 2018/2020.  

The general aim of the panel discussion is to bring together relevant Roma and youth stakeholders for analytical discussion on the possibilities and ways of creating participatory policy making and implementation within youth and Roma inclusion policies and frameworks. Among the specific objectives of the panel are:

  • To understand the current policy framework, tools and opportunities for inclusion of young Roma people
  • To build synergies among relevant institutions in securing the inclusion of Roma youth issues into Roma and youth policies and programmes
  • To develop specific recommendations towards relevant European institutions for the inclusion and participation of young Roma in the upcoming policy cycles and implementation, particularly relevant for the period post 2018 and 2020.

The panel is organized under the EU Roma Week by the Council of Europe in close cooperation with the DG Justice, European Youth Forum and ternYpe International Roma youth network.

The event will take place on Thursday 12 April from 11:00 to 13:00 at the Council of Europe office in Brussels. Address of the panel venue is: 85 Avenue des Nerviens / Nerviërslaan 85, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium.

All interested to join the event can register their participation: Registration form
Please note that places are limited and registration will be closed upon upon meeting the maximum number of participants.

Description and draft programme of the panel

The EU Roma Week consists of a series of events which will provide recommendation on combating anti-Gypsyism and continued structural discrimination of Roma communities as a forefront of the efforts for the social and economic inclusion of Roma. It will be an opportunity for experts, activists, and policymakers to strengthen the recognition of anti-Gypsyism as well as develop strategic and coherent responses.

Among the specific objective of the EU Roma week are:

  • To support the recognition of anti-Gypsyism - the week will be an opportunity for experts and activists on the issue to advocate European and national policymakers to strengthen the recognition of anti-Gypsyism as well as develop strategic and coherent responses
  • To advocacy for specific thematic areas - specific events will be held on different thematic areas including on the Roma Framework and its renewal post 2020
  • To support networking and knowledge exchange - facilitate exchange and capacity building between and amongst experts from civil society and policymakers and officials in the European and national Institutions, including Roma, with the aim of building capacity of activists and inspiring similar activities in Member States.

EU Roma Week poster

EU Roma week concept 2018

“Mirrors” training courses on combating antigypsyism through human rights education in Greece

The Council of Europe’s Youth Department in co-operation with Bodossaki Foundation and NGO Antirropon from Greece organised two training courses from 16-19 November 2016 in Athens, Greece. The activities were based on the Mirrors manual on combating antigypsyism though human rights education.

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Roma youth activities in Ukraine and in the region supporting Roma youth mobilisation

The Council of Europe’s Youth Department, in co-operation with the International Charitable Organisation Roma Women Fund “Chiricli”, organises two Roma youth activities supporting the mobilisation of Roma youth, in Odesa, Ukraine, from 3 to 8 November 2016. 50 young people and multipliers will be involved.

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Study visit of the Roma Access Programs of the Central European University to the European Youth Centre Budapest
European Youth Centre Budapest 14 April 2016
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Around 30 students from various European countries currently enrolled at preparatory programmes of the Roma Access Programs have visited the European Youth Center Budapest with the purpose of learning about the work of the Council of Europe as a whole, but also discovering the opportunities available from the Youth Department for young people.

Students were introduced with the work, structure and mandate of the Council of Europe in general with paying a due attention of the organisation’s work in relation to Roma rights. During the second part of the visit students were able to learn more about non-formal education and the specificities of youth work. They participated in an educational activity from Compass the manual for human rights education for young people. At the concluding part of the study visit a presentation was done about the No Hate Speech Movement campaign and the Roma Youth Action Plan. The presentation and the discussion with the students focused on the available opportunities for cooperation, support and learning for young Roma people under the projects but also within the programme of activities of the Youth Department.



Roma Youth Participation in Action!
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Roma Youth Participation in Action!

In case you are eager to learn about real-life best practices of how Roma young people participate and take an active role in their communities, with examples of how this is done, here we are!

A new online publication “Roma Youth Participation in Action” developed by the project team, formed by both researchers and with the input of the Roma youth organisations involved in the Roma Youth Action Plan and of the ROMED programme of the Council of Europe offers good practices, from the local to the European level.

We have strived to keep its style and approach youth-friendly, so that it also speaks to young people and inspires them.

Table of Contents:      


Read blog entries of young Roma from all over Europe on the No Hate Speech Blog
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On the occasion of the International Romani Day on April 8 members of Roma youth networks, Roma students and activists were invited to share their thoughts, recent experiences or ideas connected to Roma identity, their work or studies.
The aim is to raise the awareness of the wider public about issues that concern young Roma nowadays. We hope that you will find the articles motivating.
The authors were inspired by their everyday impression and challenges they are facing in their activism. At the same time they also bring positive messages on this nice and celebratory day. 


„I wish that there will be many Romani young people finding their pieces of puzzle in order to live a decent life“
from A Piece of Puzzle by Denisa Samková

„One of the biggest opportunities that you can get out of life is to go to school and that there are people who believe in us.“
from Education: hard work, but nothing is impossible
by Leila Lázár

“Expressing disagreement with hate speech does not have to be something complicated.”  from Hate speech against Roma and its assimilation into political discourse in Europe by Orsolya Szabó, Phiren Amenca

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