• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  


  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.


  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today


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ERTF launches campaign for official recognition of Roma Holocaust

28 July 2015

The year 2015 marks the 71st anniversary of the Pharrajimos, the Holocaust of the Roma during the Second World War. According to the European Roma and Traveller Forum (ERTF), its official recognition at national and international level would mark a crucial step in the fight against anti-Gypsyism which remains widespread across Europe.

To reach awareness about the Pharrajimos, and to promote related activities, the ERTF has created www.2august.ertf.org. It is intended to become a resource for educational materials and a reference point for stakeholders and supporters.

Please contact the ERTF Secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ERIO releases fact sheet on hatespeech against Roma in media

15 July 2015

The European Roma Information Office has just released a comprehensive fact sheet, outlining cases of hatespeech against Roma where the media were employed as a dissemination tool, in different EU Member States (France, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia). It also makes recommendations to EU policy makers, national governments, (Roma) civil society organisations and the media on how to effectively address the phenomenon. To access the fact sheet, please click here.


ROM-ACT Policy Paper on learning systems for Roma women out now

15 July 2015

The initiators of the ROM-ACT project, focused on improving Roma women's access to 'validation systems'  which provide them with formal qualifications to increase their chances on the labour market, has recently released a policy paper outlining key recommendations at EU and national level. The document is mainly addressed to the legislative and administrative actors but proposes suggestions also to institutions with responsibilities in this field who can take practical steps to improve Roma women's access.

The policy paper is currently available in English and soon also in Greek, Spanish, Romanian and Czech. To access it, please click here.




Roma Rights Journal commemorates Nicolae Gheorghe

14 July 2015

The newest issue of the Roma Rights Journal is dedicated to the life and work of Nicolae Gheorghe, a Romanian human rights activist and a driving force in the Roma movement. Among his many achievements he founded Romani CRISS, helped establish the Working Group of Roma Associations in 1998 – 1999, and was head of the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues in the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the OSCE.

The European Roma Rights Centre, together with Pakiv Europe, organised a seminar in 2014, bringing together key thinkers in the Roma movement to discuss the intellectual, academic and political legacy of Nicolae Gheorghe. A report of the seminar is now available: to access its articles, either online or in PDF-Format, please click here: http://www.errc.org/article/roma-rights-1-2015-in-search-of-a-contemporary-roma-identity-in-memoriam--nicolae-gheorghe/4375.



Apply now: legal traineeship with the European Roma Rights Centre

24 June 2015

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a legal trainee familiar with the legal system of one of the non-EU Member States in which the ERRC is active (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine) to assist in litigating Roma rights, ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international tribunals.

The ERRC offers a traineeship which will last up to two years for recent law graduates. The trainee programme is designed to provide lawyers at the beginning of their legal careers with the training and skills needed to start a legal career that will have a positive impact on Roma communities. It aims in particular for the legal trainee, during the course of the traineeship, to pass the bar exam in the jurisdiction where (s)he intends to practise. The traineeship is designed to start in autumn 2015 and so students currently finishing a law degree are free to apply.

There are two possibilities for the traineeship:

  1. The preferred option is to be based in the ERRC’s Budapest office; this option is only available to candidates who are able to work in English.
  2. A second option is to be based in one of the non-EU Member States where the ERRC is active, working under the direction of an ERRC legal consultant or a lawyer affiliated with the ERRC. This option is meant to deal with the situation where the preferred candidate is unable to work in English or is, for some other reason, unable to relocate to Budapest. The ERRC cannot guarantee that such an arrangement will be possible.

The programme is designed to be flexible to allow the trainee to advance her/his career, and may therefore include, for example, education leave to prepare for the national bar exam or magistracy exam, secondment to a law office at national level to complete a traineeship needed to become a fully qualified lawyer, or other professional development opportunities. The ERRC may be able to assist in identifying a suitable mentor at national level. Candidates who are currently preparing for their bar exams should feel free to apply. The ERRC will work with the successful candidate to design her/his traineeship.


Essential requirements

  • Significant experience living and/or working with Romani communities.
  • Knowledge of a language spoken by many Roma.
  • A law degree from one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine.
  • Knowledge of Roma-rights issues in Europe.
  • Solid legal reasoning skills.
  • A commitment to advancing Roma rights, particularly through law.



  • Ability to work in English.
  • Knowledge of other European languages.
  • Advanced studies of human rights law, anti-discrimination law and related fields.
  • Previous work experience (paid or unpaid) in law offices or NGOs.
  • Understanding of the language and legal systems in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and/or Serbia.


Place of Work

Budapest, Hungary (with the possibility of a secondment at national level). As set out above, the ERRC will also consider offering a traineeship to someone who wishes to be based in the country that will be the focus (or a focus) of her/his work, if we can make appropriate supervision arrangements.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, together with a legal writing sample and a list of two referees by email, before 31 July 2015, to:

Hajnalka Nemeth, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please mark the subject line: [First Name] [Surname] – legal trainee.

The letter and writing sample should be in English, if possible; however, we will accept letters and writing samples in the language of any of the countries listed above. Please indicate clearly in your covering letter if you are not capable of working in English and therefore would prefer to be considered only for the second option (in-country placement) and interviewed in another language. We cannot guarantee that we can conduct interviews in all languages and this may prevent us from considering your application.

While actual recruitment to all ERRC jobs is strictly on merit, the organisation strives to increase the number of persons of Roma origin in its staff and therefore specifically encourages candidates of Roma background to apply.

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