Roma Environmental Justice Conference

tbd June 2020

to be determined

to be determined

Organised by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and ERGO Network.

Evidence consistently shows higher rates of illness and mortality among Roma linked to poor housing conditions, higher exposure to air, water and ground pollution, poor diets, higher vulnerability to food insecurity. This must change.

This event aims to create a higher awareness of environmental determinants of health, and to set the issue of environmental discrimination against Roma communities and its impact on health on the European and national political agenda.

Event takeaways

Understand the link between health inequalities and environmental discrimination

Exchange perspectives and priorities on the health impacts of environmental discrimination

Discuss solutions and policy options to these public health and environmental issues

Reflect on how European cooperation can be improved for better health for all

Network with environmental, public health and Roma NGOs, researchers and academia

Connect with European and national policymakers


Opening remarks and welcome addresses

Romeo Franz, MEP

Cornelia Ernst, MEP


Setting the scene: environmental discrimination and challenges for health equity for Roma

Introduction and short presentation of report “Pushed to the Wastelands – Environmental Racism against Roma communities in Central and Eastern Europe”

  • Patrizia Heidegger, Director Global Policies and Sustainability, EEB
  • Katy Wiese, Policy Assistant Environmental and Economic Justice, EEB

Environmental discrimination – a major challenge for health equity for Roma

  • Radost Zaharieva, Policy Coordinator for Health Inequalities program, EPHA
  • Ivan Ivanov, Executive Director, ERIO
Understanding Roma environmental justice – latest research findings

Panel discussion with Q&A

Moderation: Maya Saitovic, Program Officer OSF

From science to policy responses
  • Dora Husz, DG Justice, Team leader Roma Coordination
  • Isabela Mihalache, Senior Advocacy Officer, ERGO
  • Sascha Marschang, Executive Director, EPHA

Moderation: Patrizia Heidegger, Director Global Policies and Sustainability, EEB

Conclusion and way forward

Hosted by

Romeo Franz, MEP

Romeo Franz, MEP

Greens/EFA, Germany

Cornelia Ernst, MEP

Cornelia Ernst, MEP

European United Left - Nordic Green Left, Germany


Radost Zaharieva

Policy coordinator Health inequalities, EPHA
+32 2 233 38 74

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