Call for application - Police training of trainers on non-discrimination with a focus on Roma and on sexual orientation and gender identity

Strasbourg, 23.09.2014 - The Council of Europe, through the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit (SOGI) the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues and the Criminal Law Co-operation Unit, is organising a training of trainers on non-discrimination and with a focus on Roma and sexual orientation and gender identity, on 19-21 November 2014 in Strasbourg, France. (more...)

Handbook Launched on Remembrance Day of the Roma Holocaust

Strasbourg, 01.08.2014 - Even in 2014 many people have never heard of the Roma genocide or porrajmos in which at least half a million Roma died.  A new handbook, launched on August 2 – Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day – is designed to change that.

The handbook, Right to Remember, provides historical background, information on human rights and activities to help trainers and teachers work with young people to ensure they unzderstand what happened and why. In particular, it helps learners explore the prevailing attitudes which made the genocide possible and to consider the extent to which the same attitudes persist today.

The book is being launched at the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative (30 July to 4 August) in Krakow, Poland, organised by the Council of Europe  in cooperation with the Ternype/Roma Youth Network and the Roma Educational Association „Harangos“.

1,000 young people are taking part from across Europe. The event includes a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp on 2 August, where almost 3,000 men, women and children were killed in the Birkenau gas chambers 70 years ago, in 1944. 

The Council of Europe’s Roma Youth Action Plan – – is tackling discrimination and supporting the democratic participation of Roma young people.

See Also:
Roma Holocaust survivor (video)
Roma Rights

Call for Tenders

Les programmes joints de la Commission européenne et du Conseil de l’Europe ROMED et ROMACT viennent de lancer un appel d’offres concernant le redesign, la maintenance ou l’optimisation de leur sites web respectifs. Veuillez lire attentivement les pièces jointes ci-dessous.
La date limite d’envoi des offres a été établie au 7 juillet 2014, 00 :00 CET. Pour plus d’informations, contactez l’équipe ROMED/ROMACT à l’adresse
- Call for Tenders ROMACT/ROMED
- Business Requirements Document

7th CAHROM Meeting, 14 to 16 May 2014, Strasbourg

 On 14 May 2014 the 7th Meeting of the Ad-Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM) will start in Strasbourg, where over 80 national experts and representatives of different CoE bodies, EU Institutions and International Organisations confirmed attendance.

The highlights of these three-day meeting will concern recent developments at international level, Roma women, including early marriages, Roma youth, Roma children and education , and migration, among others. Discussions on the latest thematic  CAHROM visits to Serbia on legalisation of Roma informal settlements, social housing and alternatives to forced evictions (with Serbia as a requesting country and Slovak Republic and Spain as partner countries) and to Italy on solving the legal status of Roma and their lack of ID documents (with partner countries from ex-Yugoslavia) will be held during the meeting.

The ROMACT and ROMED2 Programmes are on the agenda of the programme, on 14th May 2014, under the chapter on joint co-operation and synergies between the EU and the Council of Europe. EU and CoE representatives will be presenting the latest developments, while the National Project Officer in Romania will be providing feedback from the field on the state of implementation of the two Programmes.

A side event will take place on the 16th May 2014 concerning the Dosta! Campaign, taking stock on what has been achieved so far and could be planned for the future.

A report of the meeting will be published after the event on the official page of the CAHROM:

International Roma Day April 8: Council of Europe exhibitions

To mark International Roma Day on Tuesday 8 April, the Council of Europe has organised several exhibitions in the Palais de l’Europe, its main headquarters building in Strasbourg, France.

“Roma Politics in Austria”, organised by the Austrian Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe, will be inaugurated at 13h00 on Monday 7 April by the Austrian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Sebastian Kurz, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland, Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Anne Brasseur and the head of the Austrian delegation to PACE, Gisela Wurm. It will remain on display until Friday 11 April, in the foyer of the Committee of Ministers meeting room.

A second exhibition “Romani language: an asset for education and diversity” has been organised in partnership with the European Roma and Travellers Forum, Romani Baxt and the Dosta! campaign. Running from 7-18 April, this exhibition aims to inform the public about the challenges and opportunities involved in reintegrating Roma language and culture into European society. The inauguration ceremony for this exhibition will take place on Tuesday 8 April at 14h00 in the main entrance hall of the Council of Europe. It will include a musical performance by a young Roma flautist from Romania, Blanca Alecu, and a poetry reading by the exhibition author, Roma professor in Romani language and culture, Marcel Courthiade, as well as the projection of several new anti-Gypsyism/anti-discrimination video clips promoting the Dosta! campaign.

Finally, an online exhibition of photo by Sandro Weltin, entitled “Roma - Role Models”, showing successful and integrated Roma people in a positive light, to support the messages of the Dosta! campaign, will be published on the Council of Europe’s homepage.

Press release

Activities of the Support Team of the Special Representative within the Joint Programmes ROMED and ROMACT

Several events and important developments will mark the following weeks within the activities of the Support Team of the Special Representative, and particularly within the Joint Programmes ROMED and ROMACT.

Launched in 2013, the second phase of the ROMED2 Programme and the ROMACT Programme are being implemented at an intensive pace. On the 27th and 28th March 2014, the National Teams involved in the ROMED2 and ROMACT Programmes, from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and "the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia", will gather in Strasbourg at the European Youth Center to discuss progress made so far in their respective countries, as well steps to be taken forward.

The 1st of April marks the prolongation of the commitment of both Council of Europe and European Commission in the implementation of the ROMED2 Programme until the end of March 2015, another year where the participation of Roma citizen at local level will continue to be encouraged through mediation. For more information on developments in ROMED2 programme, please visit or our facebook page.

The Council of Europe will also provide the opportunity to around 50 Roma representatives to attend the EU's 3rd Roma Summit, taking place in Bruxelles on 4 April 2014, where EU Commissioners, Heads of States and other European important figures will take stock of progress made on Roma inclusion in the European Union since the last Roma summit in 2010. (More information)

Council of Europe and the European Commission to support local authorities with Roma inclusion

Strasbourg, 25 February 2014 - Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor announced today, plans to reinforce local authorities’ efforts to overcome inequalities between Roma and non-Roma citizens in their municipalities.
A new Council of Europe/European Commission programme (ROMACT) has been launched in five countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Romania), with around 40 participating municipalities.
ROMACT mobilises sustained political commitment and policy engagement towards Roma inclusion by local authorities, given that local administrations sometimes lack the political conviction and/or capacity to implement Roma integration policies – including accessing available EU funding.
Activities under ROMACT include guidance, peer learning, coaching and mentoring to help to translate commitments into concrete action. This work will be sustained and extended by further contributions later this year to expand the scope of these activities. The Commission and the Council of Europe have already signed a financial decision to provide more than €1 000 000 for ROMACT. The same amount will be issued in a second phase to improve local projects for Roma integration. Thanks to ROMACT, several municipalities in Romania and Bulgaria have already benefitted from specific measures that involve both local authorities and Roma communities.
Europe’s estimated 10-12 million Roma face prejudice, intolerance, abuse and social exclusion on a daily basis. Local and regional measures are essential to improving their lives in areas such as education, employment, housing and health.
ROMACT is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, implemented by the Council of Europe with the support of the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion.

ROMED awarded as the European Initiative of the Year!

The ROMED Programme was awarded the prize for the European Initiative of the Year during the 7th edition of the Roma Excellency Gala in Bucharest, which took place on 18 December - Minority Rights Day around the world. The event was organised by the Romanian Government, the Agency for Roma, and the “Pro Europa” Roma Party. It was Mr Teodorovici, Minister for European Funds in the Romanian Government, who handed the award to Ms Aurora Ailincai, Coordinator of the ROMED and ROMACT Joint Programmes of the Council of Europe and European Commission. (More information)

Roma women meet in Helsinki for international conference

Plus de 150 femmes roms venues de toute l’Europe se réunissent à Helsinki du 16 au 17 septembre afin de discuter des moyens permettant d’améliorer la situation pour elles-mêmes, pour leurs familles et pour leurs communautés. La 4e Conférence internationale des femmes roms a pour principaux objectifs d’élaborer une stratégie, de souligner l’importance de la participation des femmes à la mise en œuvre des politiques, et d’améliorer l’établissement de contacts entre les femmes roms et d’autres groupes qui œuvrent en faveur de l’égalité des sexes. Le calendrier de la rencontre a été établi par les femmes qui y participent.(Plus d'informations)

CAHROM thematic visit to Hungary on combating discriminatory attitudes, racist violence, hate speech and hate crime against Roma

Strasbourg, 29 August 2013 – A CAHROM thematic group composed of experts from Hungary (requesting country) and the Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (partner countries) will visit Hungary on 4-6 September 2013 to exchange experience and identify good practices in the field of combating discriminatory attitudes, racist violence, hate speech and hate crime against Roma. The countries involved will consider issues such as the legal framework and sanctions envisaged against racist and discriminatory acts, the recruitment of Roma in the police, the role of media, as well as the most efficient measures to combat the rise of anti-Gypsyism. The agenda of the visit will include meetings with various relevant ministries, authorities in charge of non-discrimination and on monitoring media, as well as field visits to Ózd and Miskolc. The experts’ thematic report will be presented at the 6th CAHROM plenary meeting (Rome, Italy, 28-31 October 2013).


Nicolae Gheorghe (1946 – 2013), a pioneer Roma leader

Nicolae Gheorghe made an impressive contribution to the Roma movement in Europe. He devoted his life to a tireless battle for justice for the Roma, a cause he pursued with great lucidity, diplomacy and humility. The Council of Europe’s work on Roma has benefited greatly from his unconditional support and cooperation over many years, in particular during his term of office in the OSCE/ODIHR.

Nicolae’s important legacy shall continue to be a precious source of inspiration.

Fourth international Conference of Roma women: Call for Expressions of Interest – Deadline 30 June 2013

La quatrième Conférence Internationale des Femmes Roms, organisée par le Conseil de l’Europe et le gouvernement finlandais, aura lieu à Helsinki, Finlande du 16 au 17 Septembre 2013 . La Conférence encouragera les débats sur les politiques à travers des ateliers sur les problématiques majeures des femmes roms, soulignées par les réponses aux questionnaires envoyés aux associations des femmes roms. L’objectif final est d’élaborer une Stratégie européenne des femmes roms comprenant des recommandations adressées aux femmes roms, aux organisations roms, aux gouvernements et aux organisations internationales. Un autre objectif tout aussi important est de renforcer les capacités du réseau des organisations des femmes roms et avec d’autres organisations similaires militant pour l’égalité entre les sexes au niveau national et international. Si vous êtes une femme rom et vous pensez avoir une contribution à proposer et que vous souhaiteriez participer à cette conférence, manifestez votre intérêt en nous faisant parvenir votre lettre/e-mail de motivation à l’adresse avant le 30 juin 2013.

ROMED2 - ROMACT - Call for National Project Officers - Deadline 30 June 2013

Call for Expressions of Interest - Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovakia

In the framework of the ROMED Programme – democratic governance and community participation through mediation – and the future ROMACT Programme - political will and understanding of Roma inclusion at local and regional level, the Council of Europe is recruiting consultants to act as National Project Officers in the following Member States: Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovakia.

ROMED2 - Call for National Project Officers - Deadline 30 June 2013

Call for Expressions of Interest - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

In the framework of the ROMED Programme – democratic governance and community participation through mediation, the Council of Europe is recruiting consultants to act as National Project Officers in the following Member States: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

4th edition of the Dosta !-Congress Prize for Municipalities

La 4e édition du concours pour le Prix Dosta!-Congrès pour les Municipalités qui ont mis en œuvre des initiatives créatives et innovantes propres à assurer de façon effective l’intégration sur le long terme des communautés roms ou de Gens du voyage présentes sur leur territoire tout en respectant la diversité de ces communautés, et en assurant une participation active de ces populations à la vie démocratique, est désormais ouverte. Les meilleurs projets se verront remettre le «Prix Dosta!-Congrès pour les municipalités» au cours d’une cérémonie organisée par l’Alliance et l’Equipe d'appui au Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général pour les questions relatives aux Roms à l’occasion de la 25e Session plénière du Congrès, au siège du Conseil de l’Europe à Strasbourg, en octobre 2013.

- Appel à candidatures
- Formulaire

The Committee of experts on Roma issues (CAHROM) holds its 5th meeting in Strasbourg on 14-16 May 2013

Strasbourg, le 13 avril 2013 - Le Comité d'experts sur les questions roms (CAHROM) tiendra sa 5e réunion à Strasbourg du 14 au 16 mai 2013. Trente-neuf Etats membres seront représentés, ainsi que des Observateurs, y compris divers représentants de la Commission européenne, FRA, OSCE-BIDDH, UNHCR, OHCHR, Banque mondiale, Amnesty International, FERV et le Saint-Siège. L'ordre du jour comprend la présentation de deux nouveaux rapports thématiques, notamment sur les aires d’accueil et autres questions relatives aux gens du voyage (avec la Belgique comme pays demandeur et la France, la Suisse et le Royaume-Uni comme pays partenaires) et sur la fréquentation scolaire des enfants roms, en particulier celle des filles roms (avec la Finlande comme pays demandeur et la Lettonie, la Norvège et la Suède comme pays partenaires).

Le Comité échangera également des vues avec les différentes instances du Conseil de l’Europe (CEB, GRETA, Comité Lanzarote, Divisions Egalité des sexes, violence domestique et violence contre les femmes, ECRI, Convention-cadre pour la protection des minorités nationales, Charte européenne des langues régionales ou minoritaires, Bureau du Commissaire aux droits de l'homme et Comité européen des droits sociaux). D'autres questions abordés lors de cette réunion seront la proposition d'instaurer une Journée européenne de commémoration du génocide des Roms et des Sintis pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les questions liées à l’éducation préscolaire et d'autres questions liées à l’éducation, la légalisation des campements roms et maisons, les réfugiés Roms, les migrants, les demandeurs d'asile et des enfants apatrides, les femmes roms et des activités jeunesse, ainsi que les développements récents concernant l'adoption de stratégies nationales d'inclusion des Roms et les lancements récents de la campagne Dosta!.

CAHROM thematic group visits Albania on 15-17 April 2013

Strasbourg, le 11 avril 2013 - Un groupe thématique du CAHROM composé d'experts d'Albanie (pays demandeur), de Bosnie-Herzégovine et de « l'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine » (pays partenaires) se rendra en Albanie du 15 au 17 avril 2013 pour échanger des expériences dans le domaine de la légalisation des terrains et maisons habitées par des roms. Le BIDDH-OSCE par le biais de son projet « Bonnes pratiques pour l'intégration des Roms (BPRI) », financé par l'Union européenne et les Etats participants, a assuré la participation dans ce groupe thématique d'un expert supplémentaire d'origine rom issu des trois pays participants. L'ordre du jour de cette visite comprendra une table ronde avec les différents intervenants, y compris des représentants de l'État, des ONG et des organisations internationales présentes en Albanie, comme le PNUD et l'OSCE, ainsi que des réunions bilatérales avec le Ministère du Travail, des Affaires sociales et de l'Egalité des chances/Secrétariat technique pour les Roms (organisateur de cette visite thématique), le Ministère des Transports, l'Ombudsman et la municipalité de Tirana. Le groupe d'experts visitera aussi les campements roms de Shkoza et Bregu I Limit. Une discussion préliminaire sur les conclusions et les résultats principaux de cette visite thématique est à l'ordre du jour de la 5ème réunion plénière du CAHROM (Strasbourg, 14-16 mai 2013). Le rapport thématique des experts sera présenté au Comité pour approbation lors de la 6ème réunion du CAHROM (Rome, Italie, 28-31 octobre 2013).

Les rapports thématiques déjà approuvés par le CAHROM sont disponibles sur le site Web du CAHROM.

CAHROM thematic visit to Belgium on halting sites for Travellers and nomadic Roma and other related issues

Strasbourg, 13 February 2013 – A CAHROM thematic group composed of experts from Belgium (requesting country) and France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (partner countries) will visit Belgium on 20-22 February 2013 to exchange experience in the field of halting sites (provision of sites and infrastructure, dealing with unauthorised sites, recognition of caravans as a home, relations between travelling communities and the settled population, etc.) and other issues relevant for Travellers and (semi-) nomadic Roma, Sinti and Yenish communities. The countries involved will also consider issues such as access to health, education and other services. The agenda of the visit will include a meeting with various federal, regional and local authorities, as well as meetings with Travellers and Roma communities on sites in both Flandres and Wallonia. The experts’ thematic report will be presented at the 5th CAHROM plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 14-16 May 2013).

Congress of Roma mediators from the Council of Europe/European Commission ROMED programme

Brussels, 17-18 January 2013 – A Congress of Roma mediators from the Council of Europe/European Commission ROMED programme will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. As well as Roma mediators and trainers from several different countries, participants at the event will include EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and the Special Representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Roma issues, Jeroen Schokkenbroek. The Council of Europe Secretary General will be addressing the participants through a video message, which will be available on line on 17th January 2013. Several European Union and Council of Europe officials will be present and other INGOs and organisations like Open Society Foundations, Roma Education Fund, UNESCO, OSCE/ODIHR to listen to and support the more than 250 Roma and Travellers from the 20 countries participating in the Programme.

4th meeting of CAHROM

Strasbourg, le 22 novembre 2012 - Le Comité ad hoc d'experts sur les questions roms (CAHROM) tiendra sa 4e réunion à Strasbourg les 28-30 novembre 2012. Deux nouveaux rapports thématiques sur le logement social pour les Roms (avec « l’ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine » comme pays demandeur, et la Bosnie-Herzégovine, la Croatie et l’Espagne comme pays partenaires) et sur une éducation inclusive par opposition aux écoles spéciales (avec la République tchèque et la République slovaque comme pays demandeurs, et la Hongrie, la Slovénie et le Royaume-Uni comme pays partenaires) seront discutés. Parmi les autres points à l'ordre du jour figurent la traite des êtres humains, l'autonomisation des femmes et des jeunes roms, la coopération bilatérale dans le domaine de la migration, la liberté de mouvement, le décrochage et l’absentéisme scolaires chez les enfants roms et le rôle des autorités locales et régionales dans la mise en œuvre des politiques pour l’intégration des Roms. Des échanges de vues auront lieu avec le Commissaire aux Droits de l'Homme, le GRETA et le projet transversal sur les droits des enfants, ainsi qu’avec les différents représentants de la Commission Européenne et le FERV. Les développements récents concernant les divers projets et initiatives du Conseil de l'Europe (y compris ROMED, l’Alliance européenne des villes et des régions pour l’inclusion des Roms et la Campagne Dosta!) seront présentés.

L'ordre du jour et les documents de travail sont disponibles sur


European Alliance promises grassroots boost for Roma inclusion

Representatives from Europe’s cities and regions gather in Strasbourg on September 25th as they continue work to build a European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion.

An initiative of the first ever Summit of Mayors on Roma, organised in September last year by the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe with the support of the Special Representative of Secretary General for Roma issues (Mr Jeroen Schokkenbroek), the Alliance has so far been backed by around one hundred municipalities and regions.

Its mission – which will be presented during the September 25th meeting – is to provide a hub for grassroots work on the Roma, allowing its members to share good practice, find joint solutions to common problems, seek funding opportunities, and replicate successful projects in their own constituency. Working methods are expected to include training sessions, workshops, twinning, study visits and day to day contacts between Alliance members, allowing positive developments in local strategies and improved capacity building of local and regional authorities throughout Europe.

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopts CM Recommendation (2012)9 on mediation

Strasbourg, 14 September 2012 - The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers by adopting on 12 September CM Recommendation (2012)9 on mediation as an effective tool for promoting respect for human rights and social inclusion of Roma called on member governments to draw on the positive experience of the ROMED training programme by setting-up their own effective system of quality mediation with Roma communities. The Recommendation stresses the benefits of mediation in terms of Roma access to health, housing, education and jobs. The CM welcomed the fact that such mediation is being practiced more widely and becoming an explicit part of national strategies and action plans for Roma inclusion. The Recommendation mentions key principles for making mediation effective and asks member states to recognise officially the profession of mediator.

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers takes note of the Abridged Report of the 3rd CAHROM meeting

Strasbourg, 14 September 2012 - The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers took note on 12 September of the Abridged Report of the 3rd CAHROM meeting (Skopje and Ohrid, 22-25 May 2012), as well as of the two first CAHROM thematic reports – resulting from exchange of experience between member states - on school drop-outs/absenteeism of Roma children and on the role of state, local and regional authorities in implementing national policies/action plans for Roma respectively. New thematic reports on social housing for Roma, inclusive education as opposed to special schools and on school drop-outs/absenteeism of Roma girls will be presented at the 4th CAHROM meeting in Strasbourg on 28-30 November. Other agenda items will include trafficking in human beings, bilateral cooperation in the field of Roma migration, freedom of movement and gender aspects.

3rd CAHROM meeting in Skopje and Ohrid from 22 to 25 May 2012

The 3rd CAHROM meeting, preceded by a joint meeting on social housing for Roma with participants of the Decade for Roma Inclusion took place in Skopje and Ohrid, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", from 22 to 25 May with over 60 participants. It was followed by a field visit to Shuto Orizari municipality in Skopje.


Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner deeply concerned at recent Roma treatment in Baia Mare (Romania)

Commissioner Muižnieks expressed today his deep concern about the evictions of more than 300 Roma families and their relocation to buildings formerly owned by a disused chemical factory in the Romanian city of Baia Mare. (more...)

Ending school segregation of Roma children a priority for Council of Europe

At its meeting of 22-25 May 2012, the CoE Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM) exchanged views on the problem of segregation of Roma children in education and agreed that this should be a priority in its future thematic work.

This will be pursued at the next CAHROM meeting (28-30 November 2012). In a separate development, the Committee of Ministers on 6 June 2012 examined the state of execution of the leading judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in this field (D.H. v. Czech Republic).

Its decisions, among other things, stress the importance of accelerating implementation of the judgment which has been final for almost 5 years, in order to achieve concrete progress on the ground.

Decision of the Committee of Ministers

PACE Committee approves report: Roma face ‘double stigmatisation’ when they are on the move - Strasbourg, 1 June 2012

Roma face “double stigmatisation” when they are on the move, firstly as a persecuted and victimised minority and secondly as migrants, according to PACE’s Migration Committee. (more...)

Conference The Roma between Past and Future

L'Equipe d'appui du Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général pour les questions relatives aux Roms a participé à cette Conférence qui s'est tenue le 6 mai à Amsterdam.

International Roma Day 2012

Congress President calls for constant dialogue at the grassroots level to avoid discrimination and marginalisation

In view of International Roma Day on 8 April that brings attention to challenges Roma people continue to face in Europe, Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, underlined the role of territorial self-government bodies for the implementation of inclusive and socially responsible Roma policies. (more...)

2012 European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma

The 2012 European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma was awarded to Thomas Hammarberg, the current Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The award ceremony took place in Berlin on 3 April 2012

More information

Commissioner Hammarberg publishes a Europe-wide overview of the Human Rights situation of Roma

A Europe-wide overview of the Human Rights situation of Roma is provided by the newly published report of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg. The full text of the report is available.

ROMED stocktaking conference

The conference "Intercultural mediation for Roma Communities", took place in Strasbourg on 21 February, bringing together people involved in the Council of Europe's ROMED programme which aims to improve mediation practice between the Roma and local institutions and authorities of 16 countries. The conference looked at the successes and failures and mapped a way forward for the programme. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland opened the event. (more...)

Photo gallery
Thematic website
Romed project
Film on Roma mediators

John Warmisham calls on the authorities in Vilnius and Tirana to stop evictions of Roma

John Warmisham With this wave of cold weather that has hit Europe, local and regional authorities have a particular responsibility to protect their citizens, especially the most vulnerable, such as Roma, and to guarantee full respect of their fundamental rights.

As Rapporteur of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, I draw the attention of the Lithuanian and Albanian authorities to the situation of Roma families in Vilnius and Tirana and their planned or actual eviction from their informal settlements. These evictions will leave these families and children in an intolerable situation, throwing them onto the street in minus temperatures, thus putting their lives at risk. (more...)

Committee of Ministers adopts a Declaration on the rise of anti-Gypsyism

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg, 1st February 2012 - The Committee of Ministers has adopted today a Declaration in which it expresses deep concern about the rise of anti-Gypsyism and racial violence towards Roma in Europe. 

The Committee of Ministers draws the attention of its member states to the notable increase of serious incidents in Europe, including racist violence, stigmatising anti-Roma rhetoric, and generalisations about criminal behaviour.

In its Declaration, the Committee of Ministers calls for a number of concrete actions by member States, ranging from vigorously, swiftly and publicly condemning all acts of racist violence against Roma and anti-roma rhetoric, to including, in national policies for Roma inclusion, measures combating discrimination and addressing anti-Gypsyism. 

CM Declaration on the Rise of Anti-Gypsyism and Racist Violence against Roma

Study sessions at the European Youth Centres in 2012

An extraordinary call for applications for study sessions at the European Youth Centres in 2012 has just been launched. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2012. (more...)

Criteria for activities

Application form

2nd CAHROM meeting took place in Istanbul from 22 to 25 November

The 2nd CAHROM meeting, preceded by a field visit and a public hearing, took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 22 to 25 November with over 60 participants.

The meeting report is now available on CAHROM page.


National Training Session for Lawyers defending Roma and Travellers

The National Training Session for Lawyers defending Roma and Travellers took place in Istanbul from 15 to 16 December with 24 lawyers from all over Turkey.

More information

Briefing on the new policy guidelines on combatting anty-gypsyism

ECRI: New policy guidelines on combatting anti-gypsyism

[14 September 2011] European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) launch new policy guidelines on combatting anti-gypsyism. A briefing on the guidelines and an update on Council of Europe work with the Roma will take place from 9 am - 10.30 am on Monday 19 September at the Council of Europe Office in Brussels (Avenue des Nerviens 85, 2nd floor).
To register for this event, or for any further information, please contact Media Officer Andrew Cutting (, tel +32 485 217 202)

Summit on Mayors on Roma

Summit of Mayors on Roma - building mutual trust at the grassroots

[5 August 2011] As a response to the increasing discrimination against Roma in Europe and their social and economic marginalisation, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising a Summit of Mayors on Roma, in Strasbourg (France) on 22 September 2011.  

More information on the Summit of Mayors on Roma

Statement by SRSG

Ceremony to commemorate the genocide of the Roma

Europarat erinnert an Völkermord an den Roma

Am Dienstag, den 2. August, fand in der Mittagszeit am Hauptsitz des Europarates in Straßburg eine Gedenkfeier für den Völkermord an den Roma statt.

Im Rahmen der vom Europäischen Forum für Roma und Fahrende (ERTF) organisierten Veranstaltung wurde an die Nacht vom 2. auf den 3. August 1944, als Roma in Auschwitz-Birkenau ermordet wurden, erinnert und des Völkermordes an allen Roma gedacht, die durch das NS-Regime getötetet wurden.

CoE and EU - joint action for training Roma Mediators

European Commission and Council of Europe step up work for Roma with Mediators agreement

[06 July 2011] The Council of Europe and the European Commission intensified their efforts to improve the place of the Roma minority within European society by agreeing joint action for training Roma Mediators.

More information on Mediators agreement