Recommendation 1924 (2010)1
The situation of Roma in Europe and relevant
activities of the Council of Europe
1. The Parliamentary Assembly, referring to
Resolution 1740 (2010) on the situation of Roma in Europe
and relevant activities of the Council of Europe, underlines
that the situation of Roma is a general problem that affects
every Council of Europe member state. It considers the issue
to be crucial enough for the Council of Europe to increase its
involvement in this field by reinforcing the visibility of its
existing activities and so avoiding its acquis being
diluted or misinterpreted.
2. The Council of Europe, which has been a
pioneer in promoting the protection of Roma, should renew its
impetus in its long-standing commitment to ensure greater
protection and social integration of Roma.
3. While welcoming the fact that a thematic
debate was held during the Spanish Chair (November 2008-May
2009), the Assembly invites the Committee of Ministers to:
3.1. keep the issue of the situation of Roma
in Europe high on its agenda;
3.2. when dealing with Roma issues, pay
special attention to the situation of Roma women and girls,
who face double, if not triple discrimination: as Roma,
discrimination by the wider community, and as women and girls,
discrimination by both the wider and their own community;
3.3. allocate a structural post and an office
for the Council of Europe Co-ordinator for activities
concerning Roma and Travellers, to enable her/him to play
her/his role as an adviser to the Secretary General, as well
as to efficiently co-ordinate the Organisation’s
3.4. set up a thematic co-ordinator within
the Committee of Ministers, following the successful
experience of the Thematic Co-ordinator on Children;
3.5. enhance its co-operation in this respect
with other international organisations, in particular in the
framework of the Informal Contact Group of International
Organisations and Institutions dealing with issues concerning
Roma, Sinti and Travellers;
3.6. enhance efforts aimed at the speedy
ratification, by member states which have not yet done so, of
the Framework Convention for the Protection of National
Minorities (ETS No. 157), the European Charter for Regional or
Minority Languages (ETS No. 148) and Protocol No. 12 to the
European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 177).
1. Assembly debate on 22 June 2010
(22nd Sitting) (see Doc.
12174, report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human
Rights, rapporteur: Mr Berényi; Doc.
12207, opinion of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and
Population, rapporteur: Mrs Memecan; and Doc.
12236, opinion of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for
Women and Men, rapporteur: Mrs Kovács). Text adopted by the
Assembly on 22 June 2010 (22nd Sitting).