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OSI launches call for proposals on Anti-Gypsyism

27 April 2015

In the context of a wider rise of discrimination and xenophobia, anti-Gypsyism has augmented across Western Europe in the past decade. Roma are often used as scapegoats in times of economic crisis and political turmoil; in some parts, anti-Gypsyism has become so engrained in everyday life that is not even recognised as racism anymore.

Against this background, the Open Society Initiative has launched a call for proposals directed at countering the structural discrimination which Roma are facing. Any legally recognised NGO which is active in combating manifestations of ethnic and religious intolerance is welcome to apply; organisations with a proven track record and with expertise on Roma issues are particularly invited to respond to the call.

The applicant must be legally established in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain or Sweden. However, proposals coming from other Western European countries and Pan-European or transnational partnerships will also be considered.

To read more about the eligibility criteria and the thematic focus of the call for proposals, and to access to entry form, please click here. For further information on the content of this call, please contact Izabella Bojko at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Establishing National Roma Platforms

22 April 2015

The European Roma Grassroots Organisation (ERGO) Network has recently launched a survey on the establishment of National Roma Platforms.

In the coming months, the European Commission is planning to take first steps in developing national platforms for dialogue on Roma Inclusion in the EU's Member States, which should enable local and national stakeholders (including ministries, local authorities, civil society representatives, etc.) to engage with each other on a more regular basis.

These national platforms will be coordinated by the National Roma Contact Point in each country.

If you would be interested in making recommendations to the European Commission on the structure and added value of these Platforms, please fill out ERGO's survey here. For further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Stephan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Summary report of Roma MATRIX project out now

18 March 2015

Last week, the summary report of the Roma MATRIX project was released. Roma MATRIX is an initiative which aims to stimulate Roma inclusion through awareness-raising activities, capacity building and policy research in 10 EU member states (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom). MATRIX stands for Mutual Action Targeting Racism, Intolerance and Xenophobia – the project has been running since 2013 and is co-funded by the EU’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme. Its driving forces are local and regional authorities, non-governmental organisations and universities, focusing on areas such as employment, anti-Gypsyism and healthcare access.

To access the summary report, please click here. The full report will be published on the Roma MATRIX website in the month of April.

Press release: fighting anti-Gypsyism through an Anti-Discrimination Directive

19 March 2015

In the framework of the Annual Roma Platform, which featured (amongst others) an interactive workshop on the topic of anti-Gypsyism, several NGOs published a press release on the need to address the manifold forms of discrimination against Roma more effectively.  

A key way to do so, according to the European Public Health Alliance and several partner organisations, would be to adopt an EU-wide Anti-Discrimination Directive. This initiative was already proposed in 2008, but so far, member states have failed to reach an agreement on it. Anti-Gypsyism currently places severe restrictions on Roma access to basic services such as education, housing, employment and healthcare; a comprehensive EU Directive would enable policy makers and Roma communities to take more effective action, and should therefore constitute a key goal on the political agenda.

To read the full press release, please click here.

ERIO calls for stronger gender dimension in Roma policies

On 6 March, ahead of the International Women’s Day, the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) released a statement focusing on Roma women. The statement points to the multidimensional discrimination they face by not only belonging to a socially and economically marginalised minority, but by occupying a particularly disadvantaged position within the Roma community itself. Their access to education and their possibilities to participate in decision-making processes are even more restricted than that of Roma men. For this reason, ERIO calls on EU member states to include a gender dimension in their Roma-related policies and projects. To read the full press release, please click here.

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