SAVE THE DATE FOR ERGO NETWORK’s ANNUAL POLICY CONFERENCE
Implementing the EU Roma Strategic Framework
Roma access to adequate minimum income and social protection
23 November 2021, 10:00 – 13:00 (Online)
Please save the date for ERGO Network’s Annual Policy Conference, this year focusing on access to adequate minimum income, as well as taking stock of the first six months of the new EU Roma Strategic Framework.
The Covid-19 public health crisis has worsened the situation for many Roma, Sinti and Travellers, mainly due to devastating living conditions, exclusion, and widespread antigypsyism.
Access to adequate minimum income and social protection is the cornerstone of the European Social Model and needs to be guaranteed also for Romani people. 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.
Furthermore, after advocating effectively for the adoption of a strong EU Roma Strategic Framework up to 2030, 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 first part of the event will serve to launch ERGO Network’s research report on “Roma access to minimum income and social protection”, based on five national case studies carried out in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. The main findings and recommendations aim to kick-start 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).
The second part of the event will take stock of the first six months of the EU Roma Strategic Framework on Equality, Inclusion, and Participation, as well as of the Roma involvement with the preparation of the corresponding national frameworks. In the absence of a binding character of the EU framework, the event will assess how serious is the commitment of EU Member States 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 policy-makers from across the institutional spectrum, as well as other relevant EU and national stakeholders.
The agenda and registration link will be shared in the coming weeks.