Lithuania presented its Roma integration to the labour market experience in Croatia


2018 10 02


European Council together with the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Government of the Republic of Croatia organised international expert seminar „Transition From Education To Employment For Roma Youth“ on the 25th and 26th of September 2018.

Gražina Sluško, chief specialist, the Relations with National Communities of the Department of National Minorities, took part in the seminar and presented Lithuania’s good practice in securing the integration of Roma youth to the society and the labour market. She presented the initiatives of distance learning, the programs of adult and vocational education which are finances by EU funds.

Other countries also presented their experience in the subject during the seminar. Croatia shared its information about the Roma situation in the country. International institutions and Roma non-governmental organizations gave their proposals on how to effectively secure Roma youth integration to the fields of education and labour market.

The Council of Europe began its involvement with the Roma in 1969 by adopting the first official text on the "situation of Gypsies and other Travellers in Europe" and paying attention to education possibilities to everyone. In 1983 the Council organised the first training seminar for teachers working with Roma children. In 1993 the Roma population was declared a European minority.

During this period The Council of Europe took various measures for the promotion of Roma integration. In 2011 the Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe adopted terms of reference for a new Committee of Experts (CAHROM). One of the main CAHROM targets – to review the implementation of policies (national programmes and/or action plans) and identify good practices of member States concerning Roma. European Union institutions, international organisations, the European Roma and Travellers Forum and other relevant (Roma and Traveller) organisations are associated as observers to the CAHROM.