In line with our Strategic Plan 2015-2017 co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union (JUST/2014/RDIS/OG/NETW/6809), ERIO’s work programme aims to protect and promote the fundamental rights of Roma in relevant EU policy and fight anti-Gypsyism and racism towards Roma across Europe.
ERIO's aims for 2016:
The theme of our working plan for 2016 is Roma political participation.
1. ContributE to the development of EU law/policies and to their implementation
- To ensure greater effectiveness in the implementation of the laws and policies of the EU at the national and local levels. In particular, the EU anti-discrimination directives, the National Roma Integration Strategies, the 2013 Council Recommendation on effective Roma integration measures in the member states, the Diversity Charters promoting the business case for diversity and the EU 2020.
- To ensure the full participation of Roma, including women, at all levels of policy making processes at local, national and European levels.
- To contribute to the European Commission’s work (i.e. progress reports) on the effective implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies anti-discrimination policies.
- Lobbying ERIO’s network members and Roma NGOs to take part in national Roma platforms proposed by the European Commission to monitor the NRIS implementation.
- Lobbying national governments for an effective implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies and the 2013 Council Recommendation on effective Roma integration measures in the member states.
- Lobbying national governments for the adoption of anti-discrimination policies in all relevant fields/sectors.
- Lobby for the adoption of the Diversity Charters promoting the business case for diversity at the local level.
- Recommendations to the EU presidencies of the Netherlands and Slovakia regarding the situation of the Roma to ensure that the Roma issue is kept in the Presidencies’ agenda and to support their work to tackle the many problems and obstacles faced by Roma.
- Snapshots about the human rights and anti-discrimination situation of Roma in Europe. The snapshots will provide short information on discrimination cases in different European countries.
- A research on the Roma experiences of racist violence and crime. The aims are to: a) give a voice to Roma exposed to discrimination and racist violence and encourage them to take similar steps and b) provide Roma and the European Commission with positive examples from other Roma.
- Networking trips to lobby at the national and local levels to ensure that local authorities and other stakeholders effectively implement the National Roma Integration Strategies and the Racial Equality Directive and contribute to equality data collection. Locations: Austria, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Italy and Hungary.
- Contribution to and assistance to the work of the European Commission by the informal expert group of Roma and non-Roma experts created by ERIO in 2015 based on their expertise on different fields such as education, employment, discrimination, media, etc.
2. Build the capacity of our network members & Roma, and informing the general public about Roma
- To build the capacity of ERIO’s network members in EU funding, project management and advocacy at local, national and European levels.
- To empower and increase the active participation of Roma communities in decision and policy making at local, national and European levels which in will increase the chance of success for any initiatives for Roma inclusion and equal participation.
- To break barriers and increase trust between Roma communities and relevant stakeholders: local authorities, business community, media and professionals working with and/or Roma such as teachers, social workers, health workers, policy officers and Equality Bodies.
- To overcome prejudices and stereotypes amongst relevant stakeholders: authorities, business community, media and professionals working with and/or Roma such as teachers, social workers, health workers, policy officers and Equality Bodies.
- To promote Roma identity and increase the self-esteem, empowerment and participation of Roma.
- To expand stakeholders in the public debate for Roma equal treatment and social inclusion. In addition to member states and civil society, new actors will be involved in this process such as businesses, trade unions, academia and media.
- To overcome under-reporting and ensure that Roma report cases of discrimination to Equality Bodies more often.
- Training for network members and Roma activists in advocacy skills at local, national and European levels. The focus will be on political participation in order to empower Roma to become democratic and participatory leaders in the process of Roma inclusion. Location: Bulgaria.
- Roundtables on the implementation of the NRIS and anti-discrimination laws and cultural sensitivity about Roma culture, identity, ethnic specifics, lifestyles and needs. Participants will include local authorities, media and other key players on Roma inclusion.Location: Spain, Czech Republic, Greece, Sweden, Italy and Hungary.
- Producing weekly news, newsletters and press releases on the Roma related issues in Europe.
- Factsheet on Roma political participation providing a general overview of the participation of Roma in political structures at local, national and European levels.
- Workshop with Equality Bodies and anti-discrimination experts. Location: Brussels.
- European level conference on Roma political participation. Location: Brussels.
- A digital campaign on Roma political participation to raise awareness of Roma role models in politics.
- Launching of the European Roma Media Network and a media network monitoring review to document the work of the network across the year in tackling media hate speech against Roma and anti-Gypsyism.
- Networking trips to meet with local Roma communities. Locations: Austria, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Italy and Hungary
Additionally, ERIO conducts various European projects focusing on Roma related issues in different areas.