Strengthening Roma’s political participation

10 June 2016, Brussels
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO), in cooperation with the European Economic Social Committee, organised a conference “Strengthening Roma’s political participation” which was held on 10 June 2016 at the European Economic Social Committee in Brussels.
Roma have a history of exclusion and continue to be denied access to decision-making processes and institutions. To guarantee Roma’s rights, it is essential to ensure their genuine political participation so they are adequately represented in local, national and European decision-making structures.
It is important to promote Roma’s full participation in political structures at all levels to ensure the effective implementation of Roma related policies, including the National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS). As stressed in the Council Recommendation on effective Roma integration measures in the member states, empowering Roma by promoting their political participation in society is critical to advance the process of Roma inclusion.
Roma need to be empowered to become democratic and participatory leaders in the process of Roma inclusion. Their political participation is closely linked to their inclusion enabling them to be involved in decision making processes concerning the design, implementation and evaluation of Roma related programmes and policies. It will further ensure the effective implementation of the NRIS at national and local levels.
This conference aimed to:
  • Advance Roma’s political participation at the local, national and European levels
  • Offer an opportunity for stakeholders and experts to engage in dialogue on how best to increase Roma’s participation and representation in politics
Speaker's biographies

Video message: MEP Benedek Jávor on Roma political participation
Candy Sheridan

Useful links:
1948 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
ERIO fact sheet "Roma political participation and representation"
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