A group of 11 Romanian NGOs active in the field of migration, human rights and public policies started a new partnership within the recently launched Coalition for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees. The newly-established coalition aims to improve the access of third country nationals to basic services as well as the public perception on migrants and refugees.
Within the framework of the Joint European Commission and Council of Europe ROMACT Project, the Council of Europe is organising a call for tenders for consultants in Bulgaria, Italy and Romania.
On 2 May, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is launching its Shadow Report on racism and discrimination in the context of migration in Europe at the European Parliament.
REF Tertiary Education Scholarship Program Currently Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 Academic Year
The Roma Education Fund’s tertiary education Scholarship Program (REF SP) currently is open and accepting applications for its scholarship competition for 2017-18 academic year.
Open letter to the President of the European Commission and Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament raising concerns regarding the threat to democracy and civil liberties in Hungary.
The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) published a new report entitled “Cities of Rights: Ensuring Health Care for Undocumented Migrants”, which reveals how cities in Europe are providing access to health care to those who are not eligible to benefit from public health systems. Many cities in Europe are filling this gap because they realise the importance of good health for social cohesion and public health in general. As stated by the PICUM Director, Michele LeVoy, “In a political climate that increasingly looks for ways to shut migrants out, cities have chosen to find ways to make services more inclusive. Those providing essential services such as health care, shelter and education should never be obliged by law to report irregular migrants. There needs to be a clear separation of service provision and immigration law enforcement."
Forty-six years ago the Roma education struggle began in earnest with the motions of the first World Romani Congress. Education was a top priority for our leaders in 1971, and it remains a top priority for our community in 2017. We know indisputably that education is the sole tool to effectively improve opportunities for social inclusion, give traction to integration measures and improve the trajectory of the lives of Roma families and children. Since then, though the Roma emancipation struggle has been challenged by frequent economic and political turmoil, the legacy of International Roma Day symbolizes our collective ideal for ensuring better living standards for upcoming generations of Roma.
Ahead of International Roma Day, anti-Roma statements in European Parliament and lack of EU response to Roma discrimination: Celebrating a Day is just
As recent cases of racist speech targeting Roma emerged in the European Parliament, the European Network Against Racism calls on the EU institutions to lead by example when it comes to tackling anti-Roma racism and defending Roma rights.
Stay Tuned! REF Tertiary Education Scholarship Program Launches Applications for 2017-2018 Academic Year on April 10
The Roma Education Fund’s tertiary education Scholarship Program (REF SP) is opening its scholarship competition for 2017-18 academic year on April 10, 2017.
The Transnational Cooperation and Capacity Building component of the ROMACT programme (ROMACT TCC) aims at assisting local authorities in better integrating marginalised people, in particular non-nationals of Roma ethnicity. It is based on the assumption that local authorities are best placed to identify challenges and needs in their territories as no one-size solution fits all. It also draws on expertise of the Council of Europe, more notably in interventions at local level, intercultural training and Roma mediators training.