ERGO Network, was present on the 15th of November at the seminar “Which Steps towards European Policies against Anti-Gypsyism” organized by Open Society European Institute in Brussels on 15th November.

18 November 2016

The aim of the seminar was to explore how successful the policy initiatives around education and reconciliation can be systematized and widened throughout Europe by fighting Anti-gypsyism.

The event gathered representative’s governments, European Institutions and the Roma civil society to discuss in which direction are going the policies designed for Roma and how they foresee to combat the negative rhetoric against Roma.

The Deputy Director of ERGO Network Gabriela Hrabanova, highlighted the importance of the civil society role on monitoring the hate speech and discrimination by having the tools to address and fight Anti-gypsyism at the local level.  She stressed the importance of independent watchdogs organizations in Europe that when it comes to Roma discrimination, are missing. In support of those arguments, ERGO Network presented the reference paper against Antigypsyism of the Alliance Against Antigypsyism wrote in cooperation with experts and endorsed by over 100 NGO's accross Europe.

Find out more about the key aspects and dimension of Antigypsism – a specific form of racism towards Roma at

The concluding remarks were done by Ethel Brooks- Associate Professor, at Rutgers University which stated” What the Government do not  counter Anti-Gypsyism? What has been done? A lot has be done but now it is time for implementation”, “The time has come to deliver not just to talk”. Another remark made in the conclusions that there is a need to strengthen the alliances among stakeholders, and civil society and to start implementing the existing policies and legislation on human rights  and hate speech and build a firm stand of political leaders against Anti-Gypsyism.




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