19-20 December 2018, Utrecht
On 19-20 December 2018, ERIO organised a training entitled “Advocacy for Roma inclusion” in cooperation with our member Stichting Arq. The training took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and gathered Roma and Sinti activists from all over the Netherlands that wanted to further their knowledge on advocacy at the national and local levels.

The training consisted of theoretical and practical sessions. The trainers presented their knowledge on what advocacy entails and practical methods to target different audiences. During the group exercises the participants put into practice what they learnt during the training and tackled major issues facing the Roma and Sinti communities.

The aims of the training were to:
  • Improve the advocacy skills of Roma to enable them to be involved in the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) as well as in anti-discrimination and social inclusion policies at national and local level;
  • Inform Roma organisations and representatives about the different types of EU funds, how to apply and how to effectively use them for the successful integration of Roma and project management;
  • Inform about EU anti-discrimination legislation (including practical tools such as how to file a complaint), relevant EU policies (e.g. Racial Equality Directive, the National Roma Integration Strategies, the EU Framework and the Council recommendation.
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