Conference or seminar
Conference on anti-Gypsyism
This expert conference on anti‑Gypsyism will specifically look into how anti-Gypsyism can be addressed in a possible post‑2020 EU Roma Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies.
Roma make up Europe’s largest ethnic minority. Many are victims of discrimination, prejudice and social exclusion. The European Fundamental Rights Agency has recently found anti‑Gypsyism to be a key structural driver of Roma exclusion that undermines the process of Roma integration and reinforces the generational deprivation of Roma. Many civil society stakeholders believe that the EU Framework would benefit from a greater focus on the fight against anti‑Gypsyism as a root cause of Roma exclusion.
Several important steps have been taken at EU level to recognise and fight anti‑Gypsyism as a specific form of racism against Roma. In its midterm review of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) up to 2020, the European Commission identified a need to reinforce and distinguish the focus on anti‑Gypsyism and anti‑discrimination under both the EU Framework and the NRIS.
The conference will discuss ways forward in the fight against anti‑Gypsyism under a possible future EU Framework. Expert recommendations produced during the conference will contribute to the European Commission’s reflections on the post‑2020 European approach to Roma inclusion, as called for by the member states in the Council conclusions on accelerating the process of Roma integration of 8 December 2016.
This event fulfills the Österreichische Umweltzeichen eco-label’s criteria for Green Meetings.