National Advocacy

National Advocacy

ERGO Network supports its members to lobby their governments at local, regional and national level to implement better anti-discrimination and social inclusion policies for Roma.

Many members monitor hate speech against Roma in the national media and raises awareness of antigypsyism in institutions and in society.

National Roma Coalitions

In the “Big 5”, the countries with the highest Roma population (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary), ERGO Network supports its members to facilitate national coalitions of Roma civil society.

The coalitions give Roma greater influence in society and decision-making, as they can speak with one voice and can create synergies between their areas of work. One of their main aims is to monitor the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies and to raise awareness of antigypsyism in society. Through strong coalitions, Roma are taken more seriously by the government and other authorities and can have a greater say in matters affecting them.

  • In Bulgaria, the national coalition Intellect is coordinated by Integro Association.
  • In Czech Republic, the coalition RomanoNet is coordinated by Slovo21.
  • In Slovakia, the coalition “Roma for Slovakia” is coordinated by RARC.
  • In Romania, the coalition RomaForum is coordinated by Nevo Parudimos.

Through our Joint Initiative to Empower Roma Civil Society on the Western Balkans and Turkey, national Roma coalitions have also been formed in this region. They are supported through capacity-building activities led by ERGO member Roma Active Albania and meet regularly to coordinate their national advocacy priorities and activities.

Shadow reporting

Many ERGO Network members are actively engaged in monitoring the implementation of policies related to Roma, particularly the National Roma Integration Strategies.

Through the pilot project Roma Civil Monitor, coordinated in a consortium led by Central European University, national Roma civil society organisations receive training and support to issue monitoring reports on different policy areas of the NRIS. These will be used to analyse the EU Roma Framework and to enhance the national advocacy work by our members and other civil scoiety organisations.

Visit the project website for more information: Roma Civil Monitor

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