ERGO Network Annual Policy Conference

ERGO Network Annual Policy Conference:

Implementing the EU Roma Strategic Framework.

Roma access to adequate minimum income

23 November, 10h – 13h, Online

Join us for our Annual Policy Conference 2021!

The Covid-19 public health crisis has worsened the situation for many Roma, Sinti and Travellers in Europe, in terms of poverty, exclusion, dire living conditions, and widespread antigypsyism.

Access to adequate minimum income and social protection is the cornerstone of the European Social Model, and it needs to be guaranteed also for Europe’s Roma. In a cash-based economy, providing people with sufficient financial resources is a necessary pre-requisite for fighting poverty and social exclusion, as well as for enabling individuals to reach their full potential and to access rights and opportunities on the labour market and in society. During the recovery from the devastating economic crisis due to the pandemic, this is today more important than ever.

The first part of the event will serve to launch ERGO Network’s research report on “Roma access to minimum income”, based on five national case studies carried out in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. The main findings and recommendations aim to kickstart a debate with policy makers on how to improve the adequacy and take-up on minimum income and social protection by Roma in Europe, including in the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, and the foreseen Council Recommendation on Minimum Income (2022).

Furthermore, after advocating effectively for the adoption of a strong EU Roma Strategic Framework on Equality, Inclusion, and Participation, it is essential to now continue to monitor its implementation and the adoption of corresponding national frameworks in EU Member States and Western Balkan countries. Unfortunately, the targets set out in the framework are often too low or non-ambitious, and while participation is made more visible than in the previous period, there are very few commitments made in this area, and the implementation of the EU framework remains entirely up to national governments.

The second part of the event will take stock of the first six months of the, as well as of the Roma involvement with the preparation of the corresponding National Roma Frameworks. In the absence of a binding character of the EU Framework, the event will try to assess how serious is the commitment of governments to tackle antigypsyism, improve living conditions, and ensure meaningful participation of Roma.

The conference will bring together ERGO Network members from the grassroots level, EU policymakers from across the institutional spectrum, as well as other relevant EU and national stakeholders.

  • Find the final agenda here.
  • Register here by 20 November.

We’re looking forward to counting you among the participants, so that together we can build positive, sustainable, evidence-based policy solutions that work!


This conference is kindly supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation EaSI (2014-2020) and by the German Federal Foreign Office.