Answers for ERGO Network Letter

31 July 2015

ERGO Network received 2 answers for their letter. 


First one is: Dear Mr Dijksterhuis, 

The First Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Better Regulation, 
Interinstitutional Relations, Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, 
Mr Frans Timmermans, has asked me to thank you for your letter of 25 June 2015 also 
addressed to Ms Marianne Thyssen, Member of the Commission responsible for 
Employment, Social Affairs, Skills And Labour Mobility, and Ms V?ra Jourová, 
Member of the Commission responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, 
concerning Roma Integration. 
Mr Timmermans asked me to inform you that your letter has been transmitted to the 
Acting Director-General of the Commission responsible for Justice and Consumers, 
Ms Paraskevi Michou (e-mail: Ms Michou is looking 
into the points you have raised and will respond to you rapidly. 
Yours sincerely, 
V. d'Udekem d'Acoz 
Head of Unit
Second letter is:
Dear Ms Dijksterhuis, 
I would like to thank you for your letter of 25 June 2015 addressed to First Vice-
President Timmermans and Commissioners Thyssen and Jourová, which has been 
forwarded to me, with a request to reply on their behalf. 
There is no doubt that the close cooperation and the continuous dialogue with Roma civil 
society is of great importance in order to fight anti-Gypsyism and promote the full 
inclusion of Roma. As you know, the consultation process with representatives of civil 
society already exists at EU level. 
Within this context, the Commission recently launched a call for tenders in order to 
contribute to the creation and capacity building of local Roma civil society and strengthen 
its involvement in the monitoring of National Roma Integration Strategies. In addition to 
this, a restricted call for proposals has been recently published which aims at the creation 
of national Roma platforms in the Member States. 
Moreover, before the start of the programming period 2014-2020, the Commission held 
informal dialogues with Member States to ensure EU funds would be focussed on Roma 
inclusion and the money spent, with a greater impact on those in need, in particular in the 
countries with significant Roma minorities. 
On the matter of your enquiry regarding possibilities of EU funding for "watch-dog" 
NGO's, I must inform you that within the area of Justice and Fundamental Rights, the 
European Commission is confined to providing financial assistance within the framework 
of its financial programmes in which there is no such funding foreseen during the current 
programming period. 
Yours sincerely, 
Paraskevi MICHOU




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