Investing in Roma Youth to advance fairer and
healthier European societies

12 October 2021

14:30 - 15:30 CET


Facing multiple socio-economic disadvantages, Roma Youth is disproportionately affected by intersectional inequalities perpetuated within generations. Although new policies aim to ensure Europe’s social and economic recovery, systemic gaps in education, employment, health, housing exacerbated by the pandemic, remain under-addressed within such policies, when it refers to Roma.

The workshop will highlight the role of Roma Youth in building fairer and healthier post-COVID societies by providing space for dialogue and mutual learning as well as sharing good practices and successful initiatives addressing long-standing inequalities.

The event will take place as part of the Fundamental Rights Forum 2021. The workshop organised jointly by EPHA, the Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control, and the Center of Community Research and Action at the University of Seville aims to bring together EU and national policymakers, major civil society organisations and national public health authorities.

In the Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 programme the event name is:
Roma: their role in advancing fair societies

Event Takeaways

  • Civil society: reflect on the gaps in policy responses to the pandemic and how they affect vulnerable young people such as Roma 
  • EU & national policy makers: engage with civil society actors (NGOs), advocates and representatives of Roma people and public health communities for providing an efficient response to health, social and gender disparities 
  • Youth activists, social workers, volunteers, mediators: make your voice heard at EU level 
  • Researchers: increase your knowledge on how to build sustainable partnership with Roma Youth to provide quality policy monitoring and evaluation  
  • Governmental actors: reflect on the need for research, assessment, progress monitoring, and cooperation with public health communities and youth organisations  


14:30-14:35 | Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Raymond Gemen, European Public Health Alliance
  • MEP Milan Brglez, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
14:35-15:25 | Panel Discussion

Discussion panel moderated by Inaqui Vasquez Arencon, Director of Khetane Platform, Spain


  • Ákos Topolánszky, EESC
    Prioritising Roma Youth in national policies to advance fair and healthier societies in post-COVID times
  • Atanas Stoyanov, Phiren Amenca
    Roma Youth Participation in policy design and implementation: challenges and perspectives
  • Pirkko Pyorala, Policy officer – Youth employment – traineeships, EC, DG EMPL
    How will the reinforced Youth Guarantee commit to tackling inequalities that vulnerable young people experience?
  • Manuel García-Ramírez, founder of The Center of Community Research and Action at the University of Seville (CESPYD) and Daniela E. Miranda, PhD candidate and researcher at CESPYD
    Roma Rights Matter: Roma Youth mobilisation in national and local advocacy
15:25 - 15:30: Closing Remarks and Conclusion
  • Raymond Gemen, European Public Health Alliance 
  • Neza Polh, Project manager, Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control 

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