ERGO Network undertakes advocacy towards the European institutions on our core issues of social inclusion and poverty reduction, combatting antigypsyism and Roma participation. We work closely with partners from civil society, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, UN and Worldbank to organise for example the annual EU Roma Week in the European Parliament and contribute to the annual EU Roma Platform.
We are also an active member of the Social Platform in order to bring the voices of Roma into mainstream social policy issues, and work closely together with many of its members.
EU Roma Week
Since 2016, ERGO Network together with other civil society organisations, the ARDI Intergroup of the European Parliament and other international organisations coordinate the annual EU Roma Week in the European Parliament. Linked to the International Roma Day on 8th April, a series of events on antigypsyism and Roma inclusion are held in the European parliament, organised through a unique cooperation between civil society and institutions. Together with TernYpe International Youth Network, ERGO Network furthermore prepares a group of young advocates to participate in the Roma Week and learn about Roma policies in the EU.
Each year, the European Commission organises the European Platform for Roma Inclusion, bringing together national governments, the EU, international organisations and Roma civil society representatives. It aims to stimulate co-operation and exchange of experience among all stakeholders on successful Roma inclusion and integration policies and practices.
ERGO Network is an important civil society partner in the preparation of the platform and regularly organises public events around the platform that bring our members’ voices closer to the institutions.
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