The youth sector of the Council of Europe initiated activities with Roma young people in 1995, with a training course at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg within the framework of the All Different - All Equal European youth campaign against racism, Antisemitism, xenophobia and intolerance. In the years that followed, various other activities were carried out to strengthen the capacity of Roma youth organisations and of Roma youth leaders in Europe.
These have included:
- Study sessions with Roma European youth networks covering human rights education, youth mobilisation, the management of Roma youth organisations, and intercultural dialogue
- Activities where the concerns of Roma young people were particularly relevant, such as young migrants, young women, violence in everyday life or gender equality
- Training courses for youth leaders and youth workers, such as the series of long-term training courses on Participation and Citizenship of minority youth, and the Enter! project on access to social rights for young people
- Support to local pilot projects by the European Youth Foundation.
The youth policy of the Council of Europe supports both the fight against discrimination affecting Roma young people and the participation of Roma youth in all areas of the programme of the Youth Department.
These are essential dimensions for making sure that the aims of the youth policy of the Council of Europe – providing young people with equal opportunities and experience which enable them to play a full part in all aspects of society – apply also to Roma young people