Romani Week 2022 / Romano Kurko 2022

Romani Week 2022 / Romano Kurko 2022

ERGO Network is proud to be once again a key partner of the annual Romani Week! This year it will take place both online and in-person in Brussels, Belgium.

Romani Week 2022 will be organised from 16th to 19th of May 2022. It aims to build on the work done during previous Romani Weeks and will debate EU policies for Romani inclusion. It will call upon the European Commission and EU Member States to put the fight against antigypsyism at the forefront of efforts for the social and economic inclusion of Romani people.

Policymakers, experts, activists, and organisations concerned with persistent antigypsyism in Europe cooperate to organise the Romani Week. The week will consist of a series of events that will provide recommendations on combatting antigypsyism, including the Roma in the digital and green agendas, paying special attention to the challenges of Roma women and youth, and representation of the local communities and Romani language.

Patronage: European Parliament, European Commission, French Presidency of the Council of the European Union


Partners: Autonómia Foundation; Bundesvereinigung der Sinti und Roma (BVSR); CADO; Centre of Resources for Social Inclusion CRIS; Center for Reproductive Rights; Center of European Policy Studies; Council of Europe; Deacones Foundation; European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup; European Commission; European Roma Grassroots Organizations (ERGO) Network; European Public Health Alliance; European Environmental Bureau; European Roma Equality Network; Eurodiaconia; E-Romnja; Federation of Roma Organisations in Catalonia FAGIC; Fundación Secretariado Gitano; Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation; International Roma Youth Network TernYpe; Kosovo Roma Coalition, Minority Initiative; Nevo Parudimos; Opre Roma; Plataforma Khetane del Movimiento Asociativo, Gitano del Estado Español; Politirom; Phiren Amenca; Roma Voice Centre; Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative; Roma Youth Organization Croatia; Roma Resources Center; Roma Versitas; RomnoKher; Roma Active; Roma Health Network; RRoma; Roma Civil Monitor.

.When: 16-19 May 2022

Where: Online and European Parliament, Brussels


  1. To create a platform to raise concerns and exchange knowledge: To facilitate exchange and capacity building between Romani people, civil society, policymakers and officials.
  2. Advocacy for specific thematic areas:  Such as segregation in education, the inclusion of Roma in digital and green agendas, Romani language, and discrimination of Roma women and youth.
  3. Recognition of antigypsyism: The week will be an opportunity for experts and activists on the issue to lobby European and national policymakers to strengthen the recognition of antigypsyism as well as develop strategic and coherent responses.
  4. Current policies for Romani people: There will be an opportunity to discuss the future of current EU, national and local policies.

Attendees and speakers:

  1. Policymakers and officials from European and national levels;
  2. Representatives of local authorities and large cities in Europe;
  3. Civil society and other relevant stakeholders
  4. Romani people and youth.

ERGO Network is co-organising the following events in the framework of the Romani Week 2022:

Romani Resistance: Opening Ceremony (16/05, 10:00)

New Strategies for Romani Inclusion in the Western Balkans and the Decade to counter antigypsyism in Europe (17/05, 09:30)

Ensuring adequate and effective regional, national and local funds for Roma equality, inclusion and participation – past, present and future challenges (18/05, 14:00)

Most Romani friendly Mayor award – 3rd edition (18/05, 16:30)

Segregation in education in Romania (19/05, 14:00)

Have a look at the complete agenda at the official website of the Romani Week 2022

Register here

#romaniweek2022            #equality4all

Event: Presentation of the PECAO activities

“Presentation of the PECAO activities and synthesis research from 10 European countries”


Online Hate speech has been steadily on the rise during the past decade, especially during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. Making it appearance known at the highest level of the public administration of some Member States, where transformation into policy is just one step away. The liberal stance that was built towards hate speech on basic assumptions that the state and the major society would uphold their democratic standards and values under all circumstances, and distance themselves from hate speakers, has proven to be wrong as many different societal and minority groups continue to be targets of hate speech.

According to the Fundamental Rights Agency, 1 in 3 Roma are victims of harassment and 20% of non-Roma would not like to have a Roma colleague. As identified in the EC Communication ‘Midterm review of the EU framework for national Roma integration strategies’ (2017), antigypsyism goes beyond the legal notion of discrimination. In essence, antigypsyism is the root cause of exclusion of Roma people. It has many different dimensions and manifestations, including hate-speech in public, media, and political narratives, expressed stereotypes, hate-crime, discrimination in school, employment, health and housing and structural antigypsyism.

The mid-term review showed very little progress and highlighted the importance of focusing on antigypsyism in the next Framework. It confirmed that fighting antigypsyism by targeting majority society is a pre-condition for the success of any Roma inclusion intervention. Also, the EP adopted a report on the ‘Fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-Gypsyism’ in 2017, highlighting persistent antigypsyism across Europe, despite the efforts undertaken under the EU Roma Framework and the EU legislative framework against discrimination, hate speech and hate crime.

Hate speech as a manifestation of antigypsyism needs particular attention because of its multiplier effect:  it influences public opinion, fuels tension, and paves the way for discrimination and hate crimes. Online media plays a particular role in spreading and inciting hate speech. It strengthens stereotypes, uses offensive language, denies, or trivializes antigypsyism. Through social media hate speech reaches millions of people and allows perpetrators to anonymously incite hatred and violence.

ERGO network therefore through the PECAO project supported by DG JUSTICE and addresses the need to better counter antigypsyist hate speech online. This includes more specifically:

  • Need to better recognise antigypsyist hate speech: As ‘the most accepted form of racism’, subtle antigypsyist hate speech often remains undetected and is therefore not reported and deleted.
  • Need to better report antigypsyist hate speech: There is little awareness of existing institutional structures and tools to protect citizens from hate speech.
  • Need to better monitor hate speech in order to better understand the problem and support the development of policies to counter hate speech.
  • Need to develop better policies that recognise antigypsyism as bias motivation and tackle institutional antigypsyism.

Draft Agenda

“Presentation of the PECAO activities and synthesis research from 10 European countries”

Conference room, Mundo-B

Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels

05th April 2022, 14:00 – 16:00

13:30                   Registration of the participants

14:00                   Opening of the event:

  • Mustafa Jakupov, policy and project coordinator ERGO network, “Peer education to counter antigypsyist online hate speech” project funded by DG Justice and

14:05                  Welcoming and Introductory speeches:

  • Gabriela HRABANOVA, Executive Director ERGO Network
  • MEP Romeo FRANZ, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Lavinia BANU, Policy officer at Non-Discrimination and Roma Coordination Unit, DG Justice and Consumer
  • Mr. Bagryan MAKSIMOV, Integro Association

14:30                  Tackling antigypsyist hate speech through peer education

15:00                   Comfort Break

15:15                  Monitoring and reporting antigypsyist hate speech: European Synthesis Report

  • Ileana ROTARU, assoc. prof. PhD habil. of West University of Timisoara, research expert of Nevo Parudimos Association

16:00                  Social Media Campaigning as a tool

  • Annabel CARBALLO, European Project Manager Coordinator at FAGiC

16:15                   Combatting antigypsyist hate speech through advocacy

  • Mustafa JAKUPOV, policy and project coordinator at ERGO network               

16.30                  Closing remarks

  • Giana FRANCESCUTTI, Programme manager,, EMEA
  • Tomasso CHIAMPARINO, EU Code of Conduct to prevent and counter the spread of illegal hate speech online


This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)

  This project received funding from the Google.Org Impact Challenge on Safety in the framework of ERGO Network’ project Peer education to counter antigypsyist online hate speech.

Regional campaign “Most Roma Friendly Mayor”

Launch of the Regional Campaign “Most Roma Friendly Mayor” in the Western Balkans and Turkey

We are launching the 2022 call for the regional campaign for the most “Roma Friendly Mayor” in the framework of the project “Romani Women Power of Change in the Western Balkans and Turkey”, implemented jointly by Roma Active Albania and ERGO Network. The campaign aims to increase awareness of and change attitudes towards Roma inclusion and contribute to overcoming the many barriers on the way.



An important part of this campaign is the “Most Roma Friendly Mayor” competition, which is simultaneously implemented in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The award-winning mayors from Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, The Republic of North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey will participate in a special event in the frame of the Roma Week from 16th until 19th of May 2022, in Brussels to meet a high representative from the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement (DG NEAR).

The campaign will strengthen the dialogue between municipalities and Roma communities and make best practice examples visible. The selection of the “Most Roma Friendly Mayor” can help communities to make their vision a reality on how municipalities and the Roma community can come together and engage in a dialogue on an equal level.

The campaign will focus on positive examples of Roma integration. Moreover, the selection criteria will emphasize the project philosophy of empowerment, mobilization and equal dialogue between local authorities and Roma communities.

The competition will be open from March 1st until April 15th 2022. An independent jury will be established in each country, and select the winner of the contest based on the given questionnaire.

The partners of the project “Romani Women Power of Change in the Western Balkans and Turkey” will carry out local information sessions to further brief the interested municipalities on the campaign and competition.

Application documents:

  • The completed application form (please download it here)
  • Articles, news, reports, protocols or any document that support your responses in the application form
  • Feedback /assessment from the Roma community regarding the municipality
  • Pictures

The application form can be mailed to: or to any of the implementing partners until April 15th 2022, local time 23:59.

For general inquiries, you can also contact or check the Facebook page of the event.


This activity is implemented in the framework of the project “Romani Women Power of Change in the Western Balkans and Turkey”, financed by the European Union.

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