As European Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations, we strongly welcome the commitment of the European Commission to develop a reinforced post-2020 European Strategic Framework for Roma equality, social and economic justice, and combating antigypsyism. As civil society we shall hold European institutions and Member states accountable for their constitutional, democratic and rule-of-law standards and European values. Therefore, we urge for an ambitious and binding commitment aiming at achieving substantive equality and full participation of Roma as equal citizens across Europe.
The European Commission published a “Roadmap” for the “Initiative setting out the EU post-2020 Roma equality and inclusion policy” on 17 February 2020, and launched an open consultation process until 16 March 2020; the feedback is accessible online.
A wide coalition of Roma and pro-Roma civil society organizations from across Europe published a response (pdf). The statement was prepared by the Alliance against Antigypsyism, Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, European Network Against Racism (ENAR), European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network, European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC), European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI), Phiren Amenca International Network, Roma Active Albania (RAA), Roma Education Fund (REF), Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI), and ternYpe International Roma Youth Network.