Health inequalities: a challenge for Roma inclusion in Europe

Online Discussion

15 October 2020



Roma, Europe’s largest minority, have long experienced poor living environments and social, human rights and economic discrimination leading to poor health, shorter life expectancy and greater mortality.

Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated their vulnerability,  highlighting significant barriers to Roma equality and inclusion.  


Our online discussion brought together policy makers, Roma and non-Roma civil society, researchers, academia, health professionals and advocates to increase health equity through holistic and comprehensive policy solutions. 

 The event also marked the launch of the Roma Health Network, which aims to support the participation of Roma civil society in the development, implementation and monitoring of public policies  impacting Roma, particularly public health, across the European Union.

Event Highlights

Event Presentations

Health Inequalities: A constant obstacle for Roma inclusion

Roma Education, Health and COVID19

Strengthening Roma participation through meaningful advocacy

EU Roma strategic framework for equality, inclusion and participation


14.00-14.05: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sascha Marshang, Acting Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance 

14.05-14.45: Health Equity for Roma: Advancing Social Justice across Europe


Daniel La Parra Cassado- Senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology 2, University of Alicante; Member of the Spanish State Council of Roma People, former Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health

Panel Members

Radost Zaharieva, Policy Coordinator, Health Inequalities, European Public Health Alliance: Health inequalities – a constant obstacle for Roma inclusion

Roland Ferkovics, Roma Education Fund: Investing in Roma education for reducing inequalities between and within countries

Adriana Lamackova, Centre for Reproductive Rights: Tackling health inequalities faced by Roma women in EU Member States and Candidate countries

Daniela Miranda, The Center for Community Research and Action, University of Seville: Strengthening Roma participation in national and local advocacy for achieving health equity

14.45-15.00: Questions and Answers
15.00 - 15.40: Reducing Health inequalities - priorities and solutions in post-2020 period

Moderator: Zoltán Massay-Kosubek,Policy Manager, European Public Health Alliance

Panel Members

MEP Romeo Franz, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance: The role  of EU legislation in reducing health inequalities

Marcela Adamova, Non-Discrimination and Roma Co-ordination Unit, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission: Health inequalities in the context of EU Framework for Roma Equality and Inclusion

15.40-15.50: Questions and Answers
15.50-16.00: Closing Remarks and Conclusion

Romeo Franz MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance


Radost Zaharieva

Policy coordinator Health inequalities, EPHA

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