Call for Roma Civil Monitor Coordinators

Call for Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025 Coordinators in the EU Member States

In the aftermath of the adoption of the EU Roma Strategic Framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation (EURSF) on 7 October 2020 and at the initiative of the European Parliament, the European Commission has launched the Roma Civil Monitor (RCM) initiative for the next four years 2021-2025 under the full title “Preparatory action – Roma Civil Monitoring – Strengthening capacity and involvement of Roma and pro-Roma civil society in policy monitoring and review”. This initiative is a follow-up to the Roma Civil Monitor pilot project 2017-2020 and aims at involving at least 90 Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations and individuals from 26 EU Member States (Malta is not included) in monitoring and reporting mainly on the Member States’ national Roma strategic frameworks (NRSF) but also other policies concerning Roma. The initiative will contribute to building the capacity of the national Roma and pro-Roma civil societies and will provide them with systematic support in engaging in the dialogue, advocacy and cooperation with national stakeholders.

This call aims to select Coordinators for all 26 EU Member States eligible for the RCM 2021-2025 initiative. One entity may apply and be selected to coordinate the initiative in several eligible countries.
Selected Coordinators will implement the activities at the national level under the guidance and supervision of the RCM consortium that brings together highly acknowledged organisations working for Roma equality, inclusion and participation at international level: Central European University, ERGO Network, Fundación Secretariado Gitano, and the European Roma Rights Centre. The consortium has successfully implemented the previous RCM initiative 2017-2020 involving more than 100 civil society actors.

Find here the full call for applications with all relevant information.

Find  here the application form for coordinators.

Find here  the annex form for coalition members.

The deadline for applications is 7 November 2021.


The Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025 initiative, with a full title “Preparatory Action – Roma Civil Monitoring – Strengthening capacity and involvement of Roma and pro-Roma civil society in policy monitoring and review“, is implemented by a consortium led by the Democracy Institute of the Central European University (DI/CEU), and including European Roma Grasroots Organisations Network (ERGO Network), Fundatión Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), under a service contract with the European Commission’s Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG Just).

Fundamental Rights Forum 2021

Fundamental Rights Forum 2021: Monitoring, preventing and countering antigypsyism

Every year, the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency invites policy-makers, civil society and other stakeholders to the “Fundamental Rights Forum”, as a space for dialogue on human rights challenges facing the EU today.

At this year’s edition of the Forum on 11-12 October 2021, ERGO Network together with the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma hosted a session to examine how antigypsyism can be effectively monitored, prevented and countered under the national Roma strategic frameworks both as a horizontal and stand-alone priority. Under the new EU Roma Strategic Framework 2021-2030, national governments are expected to develop mechanisms for reporting, monitoring and evaluation of progress on Roma equality, inclusion and participation towards set targets, including by improving data collection and setting Roma indicators.

The panellists discussed the role of the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency, Equality Bodies and civil society in this regard and shed light on the challenges of effectively monitoring antigypsyism in the EU Member States, as well as enlargement countries. Panellists included Bernard Rorke (European Roma Rights Centre), Angelika Grabher-Wusche (Fundamental Rights Agency), Tamas Kadar (Equinet) and Markus End (Adviser, Germany) who discussed with Guillermo Ruiz (Central Council for German Sinti and Roma) and Isabela Mihalache (ERGO Network).

The experts expressed in particular the need for a shift of data collection from individual incidents and perceptions of discrimination to monitoring structural and institutional antigypsyism. Even though antigypsyism is increasingly recognised by policy-makers, all panellists agreed that in EU Member States and enlargement countries there is still a significant lack of political will, especially when it comes to addressing structural racism. Data collection as is an valuable tool to show policy-makers where action is needed. The speakers agreed that during the past years, the Fundamental Rights Agency has collected clear evidence of antigypsyism for policy-makers and derived positive conclusions and recommendations, but that this data alone does not change anything when Member States do not start to act, and can even be abused when interpreted wrongfully.

Finally, the important role of civil society in monitoring the implementation of National Roma Strategies was discussed. While civil society participation was clearly lacking in developing the national strategies, the new cycle of the Roma Civil Monitoring project will give civil society the opportunity to closely monitor its implementation.

Isabela Mihalache, Senior Policy Officer of ERGO Network, concluded the event with the call to better mainstream the fight against antigypsyism within the bigger framework of the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan. Fighting together with other racialised minorities will create synergies and help to combat structural antigypsyism.

Welcome to our new team member

Welcome to our new team member

The ERGO Network secretariat is growing! From 19 October, we well welcome a new team member: Ana Rozanova will join the secretariat as Communication and Membership Officer.

Read more in her own words:

Hello! My name is Ana Rozanova and I am happy to join ERGO Network as Communications and Membership Officer. My position will enable me to keep in touch with the members of the Network and to get to know you all better. This is something I am really looking forward to.

In my work I plan to focus on two main activities:

1. To communicate the values, ideas, and projects of the ERGO Network Secretariat and members to the network and wider audiences;

2. To support the members in their daily work by keeping a consistent dialogue, learning about their needs, and listening to their ideas.

I come from Vilnius, Lithuania and for the past years worked for the national NGO Roma Community Centre – an ERGO Network member too, by the way! In the past, I have obtained an MA degree in Intercultural Communication, worked for the Council of Europe and later in a private startup.

At the moment I live in Brussels with my husband and two little sons, struggle with learning French and trying to make a home of this new place. As a hobby, I run a travel website and a food Instagram.

You are always welcome to reach out to me via email on“

Save the Date: Funding of bottom-up approaches

SAVE THE DATE: Funding of bottom-up approaches: Ways forward to support Roma inclusion

9 December 2021, 10-12 am

Please save the date for another insightful online conference organized by ERGO Network, discussing the importance of better funding for bottom-up approaches to Roma inclusion. The event is part of the project “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches to Roma integration”, funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

In the past 20 years, Roma communities across Europe have seen very few improvements to their living situation, even t  hough many public and private, international and national funding programmes were aimed at Roma inclusion and empowerment. One of the reasons for the lack of success of such funding programmes is the application of a top-down approach that does not consider the realities and voices of Roma at the grassroots level and comes with a heavy administrative burden.

All evaluations of the last EU Framework for National Roma Integration acknowledged that Roma communities need to be involved in project design, implementation and evaluation in order to bring about change. This now needs to be translated into better funding programmes and regulations of public and private donors, including using more national resources for smaller projects, a prioritization of bottom-up approaches and more support for Community-led local development (CLLD).

With this event, we aim to raise donors’ awareness of the importance to give more support to bottom-up approaches in order to finally improve the living situation of Roma communities on local level.


The event will serve to launch ERGO Network’s new Analysis of funding for bottom-up approaches to Roma inclusion, shedding light on the importance of bottom-up approaches and analysing funding targeted at Roma inclusion.  The main findings and recommendations aim to kick-start a debate with policy makers, donors and civil society on how to design more effective funding programmes that can lead to a real change for local Roma communities.


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

More information about the agenda and registration will follow soon. For questions, please contact ERGO Network Policy Officer Carmen Tanasie (

Launching the Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025

Launching the Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025

28 September 2021

In the aftermath of the adoption of the EU Roma Strategic Framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation on 7 October 2020 and at the initiative of the European Parliament, the European Commission launches a continuation of the Roma Civil Monitor initiative for the next four years (2021-2025). The project with the full title “Preparatory action – Roma Civil Monitoring – Strengthening capacity and involvement of Roma and pro-Roma civil society in policy monitoring and review” will involve at least 90 Roma and pro-Roma civil society actors from 26 EU Member States[1].

This follow-up initiative to the Roma Civil Monitor pilot project 2017-2020 will be implemented by a consortium of Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations, including the Central European University (CEU), the European Roma Grassroots Organisation Network (ERGO Network), Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).

Over the next 48 months, the new Roma Civil Monitor aims at empowering and capacitating Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations and individual activists to monitor the implementation of national strategic frameworks for Roma equality, inclusion and participation and other relevant policies. In addition, it will facilitate dialogue and equal partnership between Roma and pro-Roma civil society, National Roma Contact Points, Equality Bodies as well as other stakeholders to make Roma inclusion public policies more effective and support mainstream public policies to better address challenges of Roma exclusion.

Through regular reports, views of civil society will be shared with policymakers and the public, with a focus on the implementation of national Roma strategic frameworks and assessments of relevant policy and legislative developments.

In the upcoming weeks, calls for civil society at the national level to join the initiative will be published at the webpage of the Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025:

For more information about this project, please don’t hesitate to contact our Senior Policy Officer Isabela Mihalache at

Contact persons:

Marek Hojsik, CEU,

Gabriela Hrabanova, ERGO Network,

Bernard Rorke, ERRC,

Belen Sanchez, FSG,

[1] Malta is not included.

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