Conference on Environmental Justice

European Environmental Bureau and ERGO Network invite you to the conference on “Environmental Justice for Roma Communities, Leveraging the EU Strategic Framework”

The conference aims to be a starting point in addressing environmental racism against Roma in EU Member States and Enlargement Countries as a priority policy concern under the national Roma strategic frameworks and specific national policies and measures regarding the environment, housing, health, employment, social protection, and education policies.

Date and time:

The conference will take place on 12 October 2023 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and also in an online format.


  • Raise awareness about Roma and environmental racism in EU Member States and Enlargement Countries, together with relevant stakeholders (policymakers, academia, public authorities, civil society organisations, etc.).
  • Identify targeted policy measures to address environmental justice and antigypsyism issues in Pata-Rât, Cluj-Napoca as well as broader policy measures applying to other European countries and situations.
  • Facilitate networking and exchanges amongst civil society on Roma environmental issues.

In addition to the conference, we are also organising a separate workshop with civil society on the 11th.


Thursday, 12 October 2023

08:30 – 09:00                 Registration

09:00 – 09:30                Opening of the Conference

Moderator: Diego Francesco Marin, Policy Officer for Raw Materials and Resource Justice, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

  • Dr Nicolae Ajtai, Dean, Babeş-Bolyai University
  • Ms Patrizia Heidegger, Director, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  • Ms Gabriela Hrabaňová, Director, ERGO Network
  • Mr Dragoş Pîslaru MEP, Romania / Renew Europe, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

09:30– 10:15                 Political messages from EU and national policymakers

Moderator: Isabela Mihalache, Senior Advocacy Officer, ERGO Network

  • Ms Linda Greta Zsiga – Testimony from Pata-Rât
  • Mr Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment (tbc)
  • Ms Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality (video message) – tbc
  • Mr Peter Pollák MEP, Slovakia / European People’s Party (tbc)
  • Mr Romeo Franz MEP, Germany / Group of the Greens & European Free Alliance (tbc)
  • Mr Nicolae Ștefănuță MEP, Romania/ Group of the Greens & European Free Alliance (tbc)
  • Mr Mircea Fechet, Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests, Romania (tbc)
  • Ms Simona Bucura-Oprescu, Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity, Romania (tbc)
  • Mr Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca (tbc)

10:15 – 10:30             Coffee break

10:30 – 11:15             Report launching and Common Basic Principles

Moderator: Ms Patrizia Heidegger, Director, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

  • Mr Diego Francesco Marin, Policy Officer, European Environmental Bureau – Launch of new EEB report on environmental justice
  • Ms Isabela Mihalache, Senior Advocacy Officer, ERGO Network – Assessment of the national Roma strategic frameworks from an environmental perspective 
  • Intervention from researcher (tbc)
  • Speaker to be confirmed – Presenting the Common Basic Principles on Environmental Justice for Roma Equality, Inclusion and Participation from the civil society organisations’ workshop
  • Questions: 15 mins 

11:15 – 12:30              Parallel working groups

12:00 – 13:30             Lunch

13:30 – 14:00              Reports from parallel working groups

14:00- 15:25               Environmental racism and EU policies: EU Roma Strategic   Framework, European Pillar of Social Rights, European Green Deal

Moderator: Mr Diego Francesco Marin, Policy Officer for Raw Materials and Resource Justice, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

  • Mr Olimpiu Bela Lăcătuş-Iakab, Association for Inclusion, Transformation and Social Innovation
  • Ms Enikő Vincze, Desire Foundation, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Mr Andrey Ivanov, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) – tbc
  • Mr Szabolcs Schmidt, Head of Unit, DG JUST, European Commission (tbc)
  • Ms Marta Garcia Fidalgo, Adviser Roma integration, DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (tbc)
  • Ms Katerina Ivanković-Knežević, Director for Social Rights and Inclusion, DG EMPL, European Commission (tbc)
  • Ms Otilia Ciobanu, Policy Officer on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), DG REGIO, European Commission (tbc)
  • Ms Réka Horváth, Head of Unit, RECOVER Task Force, European Commission (tbc)
  • Questions: 10 mins

15:25– 16:30               What are the EU and national governments doing to ensure environmental justice?

Moderator: Amana Ferro, Senior Policy Officer, ERGO Network (online)

  • Ms Patricia Bezunartea Barrio, National Roma Contact Point, Spain (tbc)
  • Ms Andrea Bučková, National Roma Contact Point, Slovakia (tbc)
  • Ms Cecilia Văduva, Ministry of European Funds, Romania (tbc)
  • Mr Daniel Grebeldinger, ERGO Network / Nevo Parudimos, Romania
  • Mr Habit Hajredini, Director of the Office for Good Governance, Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination, Office of the Prime Minister Republic of Kosovo (tbc)
  • Mr Andor Ürmös, Bridge EU – Environmental justice in Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania

16:30-16:45                 Coffee Break

16:45– 17:45               The role of municipalities – What are cities doing to ensure environmental justice for Roma communities?

Moderator: MrDaniel Grebeldinger, member ERGO Network / Nevo Parudimos, Romania

  • Mr István Szilárd Tasnádi, Vice-Prefect, Cluj local government (tbc)
  • Mr Alin Tișe, President, Cluj County Council (tbc)
  • Mr Petrică Dulgheru, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (tbc)
  • Dr Zuzana Havírová, Roma Advocacy and Research Center, Slovakia (tbc)
  • Mr Virgil Bitu, UK-RO: The ignorance of policymakers towards Roma communities and the inability of Roma population to access public services (tbc)
  • Mr Adriatik Hasantari, Roma Active Albania (tbc)

17:45 – 18:00              Conclusions 

Moderator: Ms Lorena Doghi, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

  • Ms Patrizia Heidegger, Director, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  • Ms Gabriela Hrabaňová, Director, ERGO Network                              

18:00                           End of the conference

19:00 – 21:00  Dinner reception / cultural event (tbc)


If you are a relevant non-governmental organisation or institution and are interested in attending, please register HERE: Leveraging the EU Roma Strategic Framework Tickets, Wed 11 Oct 2023 at 12:00 | Eventbrite

For more information about ERGO Network’s work on environmental justice, please contact Senior Advocacy Officer Isabela Mihalache.

Conference on Environmental Justice – ERGO Network

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