The European Committee on Romani Emancipation (ECRE) provides a single non-exclusive representation on behalf of European citizens wishing to promote common rights of equity of treatment, protection and improvement in the conditions of the Roma in Europe.
ECRE is dedicated to the elimination of the enforced exclusion, dependency and poverty of the Roma. We work towards the achievement of a Roma status as equal contributors to, and beneficiaries of, European economic growth, through advocacy of equal opportunities and treatment, organising employment creating investment, training and education for all age groups.
The ECRE identifies and advocates practical social and economic development policies and actions for the effective social and economic inclusion of the Roma in the European Union and countries surrounding the European Union and, in particular, in pre-accession countries.
The ECRE sees economic emancipation as an essential stepping stone to self-reliance and effective social integration.
ECRE is a European Economic Interest Grouping
(see legal section)
The ECRE provides a forum for:
- reviewing social and economic development policy
- establishing and managing appropriate economic development funding
- establishing and managing a community-based training and extension service
- establishing and managing employment creating projects and programmes
- establishing and managing a low cost European communications infrastructure
Basic operations to promote the social and economic inclusion of the Roma:
- organising studies and reviews and reporting on the status of the Roma in the EU and pre-accession countries
- reviewing policy proposals by international humanitarian, development and aid agencies, the European Commission Services, European Union member states, pre-accession countries (to EU), and any other bodies whose actions will affect directly or indirectly the status of the Roma in Europe
- making proposals on policies
- working together with all interested bodies, including all EU bodies and Commission Services, member state governments, business and NGOs, international funding agencies and bilaterals to improve understanding on necessary actions to improve the status of the Roma
- establishing benchmarks in policy and treatment which pre-accession countries need to meet in order to gain access to the European Union
- monitoring the performance of pre-accession countries in meeting benchmarks and reporting accordingly
- quantifying economic damage to Roma individuals and communities resulting from government policies, county and local authority actions, as well as by groups, or individuals, in the EU or elsewhere in Europe; supporting appropriate legal action for econmomic compensation
- monitoring local, national and international press, and other media, for bias, misrepresentation, unfair stereotyping and other expressions reflecting contempt for Romani individuals or communities; supporting appropriate courses of action in defense of the individuals and communities concerned
- monitoring the declarations of governments, politicians and spokesmen for political and other groups for bias, misrepresentation, unfair stereotyping and other expressions reflecting contempt for Romani individuals or communities; supporting appropriate courses of action in defense of the individuals and communities concerned
- Undertaking advertising, promotional, advocacy and other campaigns to further the interests of the Roma
- Establishing and managing a Romani appropriate economic development funding
- Establishing and managing a Romani training and extension service
- Establishing & managing economic development initiatives
- Establishing and managing a low cost communications infrastructure and newspaper for Romani communities