About the Roma Youth Action Plan

The Roma Youth Action Plan: a joint venture for Roma youth empowerment

The Roma Youth Action Plan is a response of the Council of Europe to challenges faced by Roma young people in Europe, particularly in relation to their empowerment, participation in policy decision-making processes and structures at European level, and multiple realities of discrimination. The Action Plan is based on the outcomes of the Roma Youth Conference, and complements the Council of Europe Strasbourg Declaration on Roma by associating Roma youth to its implementation.

The Action Plan includes activities of the Youth Department and of other sectors of the Council of Europe, particularly some of the activities of the Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Roma issues (for example, the RoMed programme, the work of the Ad-Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma), the Directorate of Human Rights and Anti-discrimination, along with activities proposed by other partners.

The partners of the Roma Youth Action Plan include, first and foremost, youth organisations: the Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP), and ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network and the European Youth Forum; the Open Society Foundations, the European Roma Rights Centre, the Roma Education Fund, and OSCE – ODIHR also take part in the plan. The project is also open to other interested stakeholders.

An Informal Contact Group co-ordinates the partners in the implementation and evaluation of the programme of activities.

Resources for the implementation of the Action Plan are being mobilised by the various partners, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, and the Roma youth networks.

The Roma Youth Action Plan gives priority to human rights and intercultural dialogue as responses to discrimination and antigypsyism, together with the development and capacity building of Roma youth organisations and movements. Training and capacity building has, thus, an important role in the Roma Youth Action Plan, not only because of what individual Roma youth leaders may learn and develop individually, but also and especially by what they will experience and do together.

>> Read the Roma Youth Action Plan

>> Read “The Strasbourg Declaration on Roma”

Turkay GASIMOVA
By participating at this training my expectation is to learn more about the tools of reinforcing youth, European programmes, instruments and policies for facilitating the access of young people to social rights and most importantly the ways of promoting democratic citizenship by cooperation with local communities. (Turkay GASIMOVA, Azerbaijan)
Anna GORSKAYA
This training will help me to bring into my organisation new ideas and practice in working with young people, will help more effectively implement the initiatives that are already started. (Anna GORSKAYA, Belarus)
Jean CASE
I want to find out more about other realities of youth workers and young people. I also wanted to gain a better understanding of social rights and how they can support the vulnerable young people I work with. (Jean CASE, UK)
Elizabeth Smith
The opportunity to participate in “Enter” LTTC would have a powerful effect on my ability to put the young people’s access to social rights firmly at the core of our service, informing our policies and the projects development. (Elizabeth Smith, UK)
Fionn Greig
I wanted to take part in this training as I am passionate about young people's access to their social, human rights. I love working with young people and thought I could broaden my horizons with regards the European perspectives and understandings of youth work and young people's rights. I am also very interested in politics and in increasing equality in society. (Fionn GREIG, UK)
Igor NOSACH
I have the possibility to learn new ways of social integration of care-leavers through social inclusion and raising awareness about human and social rights, enrich my professional experience with approaches used in other countries of Europe. I want my new knowledge and skills be useful in helping vulnerable young people to become successful and active citizens. (Igor NOSACH, Ukraine)
Petra MILOSAVLJEVIC
I want to improve my performance in my organisation as a youth worker. I want to get new knowledge, share experience and meet people from different countries and cultures. And get new friends. (Petra MILOSAVLJEVIC, Serbia)
Ana Silva
I expect to improve my professional skills in order to do a better and effective work about human and social rights, promoting young people participation and involvement on community issues, becoming more active and developing citizenship skills. (Ana SILVA, Portugal)
Miguel LAMAS
It is a challenge and an opportunity to change different points of approach on how to work with young people about the importance of a stronger awareness of social and human rights with people from different realities, and to be able to develop a project with non-formal approaches in my organisation, which is something that I really believe in. (Miguel LAMAS, Portugal)
Niina LJUNGKVIST
I wanted to freshen up my professional skills and learn more about social rights and human rights based youth work. This LTTC is giving me much more inspiration than I could have imagined and I will be happy to share it at our organisation. (Niina LJUNGKVIST, Finland)
Mia SCHMIDT JENSEN
I am in this project to learn how to link social rights to concrete street work and other project with youngsters, to inform and educate youngsters in their social rights. (Mia SCHMIDT JENSEN, Denmark)
Anne Mette GLARBO
In the LTTC I found a frame to establish an old idea for creating a participatory youth project. Furthermore it educates and strengthening me in social rights and gives a forum to share experiences with other engaged youth workers. (Anne Mette GLARBO, Denmark)
Onni SARVELA
I really want to achieve more and deeper knowledge about the topic and the different realities of European countries. I want to offer the possibility to youths to have their voice heard and have impact to society. (Onni SARVELA, Finland)
Estelle GARDETTE
I am expecting that this training will provide me with educational tools in order to develop a project. It will also be an opportunity to develop my competences and do something concrete. (Estelle GARDETTE, France)
Lavinia RUSCIGNI
This training will improve my competences in working on access to social rights for young people and will bring an added value to my work, to my organisation and to the activities we will carry out at local level. (Lavinia RUSCIGNI, France)
Achilleas STAVROU
I believe that through this course and the cooperation with the fellow European trainers and youth workers I will be empowered to pursue in a more efficient way my work for the defence of youth rights. (Achilleas STRAVROU, Greece)
Fiona DUNNE
The training curriculum and competences include quite a number of areas in which I have an interest in gaining more knowledge and expertise such as using research for formulating youth work responses, developing democratic and participatory processes with young people, youth-led projects and getting informed about and using European programmes, instruments and policies (Fiona DUNNE, Ireland)
Monia DE PAOLI
I expect to know how the Council of Europe could help me and my organisation in working better, I hope to learn new ways to approach young adults and the complexity of working with other institutions and organisations. (Monia DE PAOLI, Italy)
Ljuba TIHOMIROVA
My very first motivation is that I was always interested in social sciences and such an uprising problem as discrimination, violence and bullying. I expect to learn statistics, methods of how to deal with the cases of violence and discrimination, case studies and build collaboration options, as well. (Ljuba TIHOMIROVA, Latvia)
Milos RISTOVSKI
I am very much interested to understand better the approaches for social inclusion and fighting against discrimination of youth as this is key competence to have when working with youth in the local context where I am from. (Milos Ristovki, Macedonia)
Ana Sofia MARTINS
I need to further develop my competences so I can better contribute in future projects in the youth field and to be able to elaborate and implement realistic and relevant projects by myself. Also, to better understand the strategies to engage with local authorities and the opportunity to have an intercultural experience. (Ana Sofia Martins, Portugal)
Olga INZHUVATKINA
Participation in this programme will help me to attract the various European organisations to problems of these children in Russia, besides I will be able to become stronger in my everyday work on child protection. (Olga INZHUVATKINA, Russia)
Roman BARTOS
My motivation lies in the interest in a social status of young disadvantaged people in today´s society, social-cultural environment of young people in today´s Europe or an opportunity to create responsible and competent citizens in a multicultural environment with a possibility to participate in a public life. (Roman Bartos, Slovakia)
Merve Seda CEVIK
I want to learn about youth and social rights and developing current training programmes' contents and improve young trainers of the human rights and social rights training programmes. I want to create a new youth project about social rights. I want to improve myself on social rights as an active citizen. (Merve Seda Cevik, Turkey)
Aleksey  Murashkevych
I want to improve my knowledge on project management and implementation. I want to know more about techniques and measures for fighting discrimination, violence and exclusion affecting young people. (Aleksey Murashkevych, Ukraine)