EU Advocacy

EU Advocacy

ERGO Network undertakes advocacy towards the European institutions on our core issues of antigypsyism, social inclusion and poverty reduction and Roma rights and 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 the annual EU Roma Week in the European Parliament and contribute to the annual EU Roma Platform.

Civil society cooperation

We work closely together with a core group of civil society organisations – namely Amnesty International, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) and Zentralrat Deutscher Sinti und Roma to jointly explore and formulate our advocacy strategy and priorities. Together we take a leading role in advocacy on the Roma agenda on EU level by coordinating our input to the Roma Civil Society Dialogue of DG Justice and the annual EU Roma Platform. We jointly organise meetings, draft documents and open letters.

the European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

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.

Read more about the EU Roma Week 2017.

EU Roma Platform

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.

The Platform 2017 will focus on the transition from education to employment. Click here for more info.

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