ERGO took part in the 4th Dialog Meeting of the Council of Europe (CoE) with Roma and Traveller civil society from 18-19 Sept 2017 in Strasbourg. Carmen Tanasie presented our research on the Youth Guarantee from 2016 and our current fact-finding work in the field of Roma youth employment.
The main topic of the meeting was to find ways to ensure that there is a bridge from education to employment for young Roma and Travellers.
Representatives of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) from different countries, civil servants of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, experts, international organizations such as ILO and about 20 representatives of Roma and Traveller civil society took part in the meeting.
For one and a half days the participants discussed initiatives and projects of different organisations and institutions and identified possible solutions to improve the transition of young Roma from education to employment. The participants agreed for example that Roma entrepreneurship is one of the possible solutions to end discrimination and exclusion of Roma on the labour market.
The Council of Europe together with the civil society representatives formulated 9 recommendations that are still under revision and will be presented at the upcoming CAHROM meeting in October.