Expert Conference at the Home of Jean Monnet
In partnership with the Migrant and European Citizenship Platform (PMC), the Jean Monnet Association has organized a conference for 26 novembre 2010 on the theme of:
The number of Gypsies (“Rroms” according to the spelling in the recommended Gypsy language by the NGO representatives of Gypsy communities) in the EU is estimated to be about 12 million.
Throughout history, Gypsies have been confronted with serious obstacles regarding the enjoyment of their fundamental rights and this situation still exists today in every member state of the EU. Despite the many positive initiatives and developments on the national and European levels, Gypsies are still faced with major obstacles in the enjoyment of their basic rights: intolerance and negative stereotypes often profoundly anchored in society and reinforced by the media and political and public commentaries.
The summer of 2010 has been marked by infringements on fundamental human rights of Gypsy and Traveler populations in the European Union. Indeed, many governments have used Gypsies as scapegoats for their policies. These practices go against the ideal rule of law, peace, and tolerance brought by the Founding Fathers of Europe.
This is why the Jean Monnet Association took the initiative, together with the Platform PMC Europe, to organize this conference with the objective of creating reflection trails and recommendations so as to fix national systems and communities in consideration of Gypsy and Traveler populations.
This day was the chance for Gypsies and non-Gypsies alike to talk about the subject and engage in an actual debate with those who came from all different levels of representation, ranging from European Parliament members, NGOs and representative associations for human rights to local activists who work with Gypsy and traveler populations in different states of the EU.
The press conference that was held the day after also allowed for the expansion of these areas of reflection and courses of action for subsequent conferences. Additionally a draft opinion for the Social Affairs and Job Commission of the European Parliament had been drafted by the European deputy at the time of the conference.
Consult the videos recapturing the strong points of different speeches (also available on the website Fenêtre sur l’Europe).
Download the conference proceedings
Minutes and photos from the conference on PMC’s website.
Download the conference program.