The project in few words

3 targets

Roma communities of the partners’ countries:

  • Settled communities
  • Travelling communities
  • Newcomers from EU or non EU countries

Trainers and volunteers working with them
on the field 
Policy makers concerned by the issue

2 main objectives

Empowering the Roma community residing in the partners’ countries by making them knowledgeable about their rights through a life-long learning approach:
  • For them to defend their rights
  • For them to fight the discrimination they are facing

Fostering greater knowledge about intervention toward Roma communities

Background of the project

All the studies of the partners stated that the lack of knowledge of their social and civics rights induce for Roma people difficulties to access to employment and also a lack of confidence in institutions.
The UNHCR’ study (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) indicates that Roma communities face discrimination across all Europe: "they are often victims of persecution and violence from police and gangs" (ERIO 27/05/2009)1. In result, there seems to be a sense that a lot has been said and written about Roma in Europe, but little action has been advanced.
For example, in the UK, several studies investigated the stage of exclusion and discrimination of Roma (EHRC 20092 , BEMIS 20103 ). The evidences presented showed that the failure to understand travelling culture of Roma communities has led to the implementation of inadequate and unsuccessful policies. In addition, the study indicated inconsistency in good practices in supporting greater inclusion of Roma communities. Therefore, there has been a need for a strategic leadership role which insures that good practices are shared on national and European level. 
As for France, the works lead with Romeurope4  shows that volunteers who do not have the basic knowledge about social and civic rights have difficulties to help Roma for their daily life and their integration. This all the more that in 2011 in France 9400 Roma were evicted by police forces from their place of living. France was convicted of aggravated breach of the European Social Charter for the expulsions (2010) by the European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe (9/11/2011)5.

The innovative character of the project 

We address the issue of Roma integration through the stated needs about civic and social rights, pathway to civic and social competencies, needed for employment. We take into account the failure of classic approach directly focused on employment. 
Our inquiries in all the states covered by AEDH (20 EU countries) showed that no pedagogic tool about Rights intended for Roma is available, considering their specific needs. 

Our project aims at producing a kit composed of a reference book, a trainer’s guide and educational video clips. 
The reference book will be a result of group exercise and cooperative work both on national and European level, also result of empowerment (working during the project with Roma communities). These will ensure that previous practices are used, shared and further developed across the European countries. Therefore the reference book will comprise comprehensive, self explanatory, applicable information across the European countries.
This reference book is addressed to Roma communities including a diversity of profiles (settled, travelling, migrants ). However we believe that it can be used for other minority communities facing discrimination and exclusion. It will be completed by a trainer’s guide addressed more specifically to trainers and volunteers working with Roma communities to help them to convey the information of the reference book and improve their interventions.
Besides, for a better outcome of this project  the two tools (reference book and trainer’s guide) will be tested with Roma communities and reviewed before being published.  Our project will include a phase of dissemination launched by a conference in Brussels presenting the project and the tools we have developed.


1 ERIO Newsletter April, May and June 2009: Click here 
2 Equality and Human Rights Commission (2009) Gypsies and Travellers: Simple solutions for living together, 
3 BEMIS’ study: Click here 
4 Romeurope website: www.romaeurope.org
5 Decision of the Committee of Social rights of the Council of Europe: Click here

Stages of the project

Paris partners’ meeting  February 2013
Realising a reference book  January / May 2013 (First draft)
Glasgow partners’ meeting May 2013
Realising a trainers’ guide May / October 2013 (First draft)
Cadiz partners’ meeting October 2013
Testing of the Trainer's Guide October 2013 / March 2014
Prague Partners’ meeting March 2014
Finalizing and printing the tools March / June 2014
Brussels project conference June 2014
Organising training sessions June / November 2014
Communicating on the project 
and dissemination of the material
June / November 2014

Partners’ role in the project


Project coordinator


Reference book leader 


Trainer’s guide leader


Tests leader


Project evaluation leader