Promoting an effective participation of Roma young people

      Strasbourg, 25.11.2012 - What sort of policies and action should be taken at local and regional levels to provide an environment in Europe where young Roma people can participate fully, have full access to their social human rights, can live their lives free from discrimination, and where they can feel confident about the future? This is the question that was addressed during a one-day consultation meeting between young Roma people and local elected representatives held on Sunday 25 November 2012 in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.

      This consultation meeting was organised in the spirit of the Revised European Charter on the participation of young people in local and regional life, adopted by the Congress which firmly believes young people’s active participation is essential if we are to build more democratic, inclusive and prosperous societies. It is vital to give young people a role in the making of decisions and policies that affect them as they know best their needs.

      The conclusions of this meeting will provide material for the Congress’s report on promoting the effective participation of young Roma people in social, political and civic life in Europe. This report, which is a direct follow-up to the 2011 Congress report on “the situation of Roma in Europe: a challenge for local and regional authorities” will be presented to the Congress for adoption in 2013.

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