Roma and Travellers: Activities
Ongoing projects / programmes
The Joint EU/CoE Programme “Equality and Freedom from Discrimination for Roma” (EQUIROM) runs from December 2022 to - December 2024 in Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania, with additional activities to be conducted in Italy. The programme will contribute to the fight against and prevention of antigypsyism and discrimination by promoting equality for Roma people in the media, i.e. stopping stereotypes, providing positive narratives and improving public knowledge.
Roma Integration – Phase III
Roma Integration – Phase III is a Joint Project between the European Union (DG NEAR) and the Council of Europe. It aims to strengthen the capacity of governments in the Western Balkans and Türkiye to effectively address the multifaceted challenges faced by the Roma community through the implementation of comprehensive public policies. These policies encompass critical areas such as housing, employment, civil registration, as well as the green and digital transition. The project focuses on three key areas: equality and combating antigypsyism, socio-economic inclusion, and institutional capacities.
Launched in May 2017, ROMACTED promotes the good governance and empowerment of Roma communities in more than 50 municipalities in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The aims of the programme are to:
- build up political will and sustained policy engagement of local authorities;
- empower Roma communities at individual and community level; and
- improve and expand the institutions’ commitment, capacity, knowledge and skills.
ROMACT is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission that promotes the inclusion of Roma at local and regional level. This initiative will help building the capacity of local and regional authorities (targeting both elected officials and senior civil servants, but also in the mid-/long-term the Roma population and the population of pilot municipalities at large) to develop and implement strategies and policies for Roma inclusion.
The EU/CoE Joint Project “Inclusive schools: making a difference for Roma children” (INSCHOOL), implemented in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, the Slovak Republic and the United Kingdom since May 2017, aims to enhance the social inclusion of Roma by promoting inclusive education policies and practices.
The Council of Europe Dialogue with Roma and Traveller Organisations was established by a decision of the Committee of Ministers of 3 June 2015. The Dialogue serves as a forum for Roma and Traveller civil society, the Council of Europe and other stakeholders to improve their knowledge by exchanging experiences and sharing examples of good practices, and to plan future co-operation activities at national and local level.
Completed projects / programmes / campaigns
Innovative solutions for the issues related to the inclusion of Roma at local level have been developed and promoted through the EU/CoE joint programme ROMED that promoted the active participation of citizens of Roma origin in local decision-making processes.
JUSTROM3, “Roma Women’s Access to Justice”, is a Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe. The activities organised under JUSTROM3 programme are concentrated around the following three pillars: Empowerment of Roma women, Enhancement of professional resources and Increased synergies and partnerships of local, national and international stakeholders.
Roma youth action plan
The Roma Youth Action Plan is a response of the Council of Europe to challenges faced by Roma young people in Europe, particularly in relation to their empowerment, participation in policy decision-making processes and structures at European level, and multiple realities of discrimination.
Dosta means "enough" in a variant of the Romani language spoken in the Balkans. It is also the title of an awareness-raising campaign of the Council of Europe which aimed to bring non-Roma closer to Roma citizens by breaking down the barriers of deep-rooted prejudices and stereotypes. The Dosta! campaign was launched in 2006 in the Western Balkans as part of a joint programme with the European Commission. In 2008, this campaign was open to all Council of Europe member states as of 2008.
“4Children-by-Children” is a child centred approach to the DOSTA! campaign encountering prejudice and challenging stereotypes on Roma through the eyes and interventions of children. One of the most powerful influences on the development of children’s attitudes, are children themselves. Interventions to reverse prejudice and stereotyping needs to be based on an understanding of how, why, and under what conditions, children make decisions to exclude others.