Cohesion for all? Hearing at the European Parliament

27 November 2014
ERGO Network and the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat have the pleasure to invite you to the hearing "Cohesion for All?" on 2nd December 13:00 - 15:30 at the European Parliament, room A3E-2.
The event will explore the topic of EU structural funds and Roma integration. Examples from the last programming period will be presented to draw recommendations for better use of the funds in favour of Roma in the new programming period 2014-2020.
Deadline for registration is 1st December, 11 o´clock.
Program of the Hearing "Cohesion to all" download here
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Cohesion for all?

EU structural funds and Roma integration perspectives for 2014-2020

Tuesday 2 December 2014, 13.00 – 15.30

European Parliament, Room A3E-2


The European Union has asserted its strong commitment to contribute to equal opportunities for Roma and their inclusion as equal citizens. The EU structural funds have been a fundamental tool of the EU strategy for Roma inclusion, by striving to improve the conditions of Europe's most discriminated minority. In particular since the enlargement rounds of 2004 and 2007, in which a significant number of Roma became EU citizens, EU member states have been encouraged to ensure Roma benefit from investments in infrastructures, services, human and social capital also through the financial support from the EU level.

While positive examples of EU funded projects can be found across Europe, the situation of Roma in most EU member states remains worrisome. While the commitment of EU institutions and member states to tackle Roma exclusion is high, real change on the ground is rare. It is also too early for Roma inclusion to drop off the European agenda.

What are the reasons behind the stagnation? And what can be done to improve the effectiveness of EU funding for Roma inclusion? On the doorstep of the new programming period 2014–2020, this hearing will look at developments in selected member states and will present experiences with integrated programming for Roma inclusion based on original research from the grassroots level. The meeting intends to offer important lessons from the previous funding period and formulate concrete recommendations for European policy makers.




12.30                 Registration and welcoming lunch


13.00 – Opening: Structural funds and EU commitment to Roma Inclusion

            Moderation: Ruus Dijksterhuis (ERGO Network)

           Terry Reintke (MEP Group of the Greens/EFA)

             Valerie Morrica(World Bank)


13.20– Panel 1: Monitoring Roma inclusion in Europe

  Moderation and introduction: Márton Rövid(Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat)

  Presentation of the main findings:

          Saimir Mile(La Voix des Rroms, France)

          Guillermo Ruiz (Sozial Fabrik, Germany)

          Simonetta Bormioli (Associazione 21 luglio, Italy)

          Adrian Jones (Nat. Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups, UK)

 Response from the European Commission:

          Dora Husz (Policy Officer DG EMPL)



14.15 – Panel 2: Integrated Programming for Roma

            Moderation and introduction: Matthias Verhelst (ERGO Network)

         Integrated Programming for Urban inclusion: 

                             Kumar Vishwanathan(Life Together, Czech Republic)

          Housing interventions and public consultation:

                   Lili Makaveeva(Integro, Bulgaria)

LEADER and Roma Inclusion:

            Daniel Grebeldinger(Nevo Parudimus, Romania)

          Response from the European Commission: 

                            Michael Ralph (Adviser to Deputy Director General DG REGIO)


15.00 – Conclusions

          Moderation: Ruus Dijksterhuis (ERGO Network)

Salla Saastamoinen (Director, Equality DG Justice)

            Andrey Ivanov (Fundamental Rights Agency)

          Péter Niedermüller  (MEP, S&D)


15.30 – Closing



The organisers


The European Roma Grassroots Organisatons Network (ERGO Network) is a foundation with over 15 years of experience in Roma issues. ERGO network has over 25 members and allied organisations from different European countries and works closely with strategic partners and has strong connections with Brussels based networks and EU stakeholders. ERGO Network and its members and allies have built unique experience in hands-on Roma issues and functions as a centre of expertise for equal citizenship, social inclusion and fight against discrimination of Roma.


The Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation is the technical support unit of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015. The Decade is an international initiative that brings together governments, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as Romani civil society in twelve countries. It aims to eliminate discrimination against Roma and close the unacceptable gaps between Roma and the rest of society. The Decade focuses on the priority areas of education, employment, health, and housing, and commits governments to take into account the other core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming.





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