Earlier today, we released the event report on our Roma Network Meeting, hosted last month in Helsinki (Finland) by our member the Helsinki Deaconess Institute.

During the network meeting, 20 participants from Eurodiaconia member organisations came together for two days to exchange and learn more about how to support Roma communities in accessing health care and adequate housing. The meeting aimed particularly at exchanging best practice of members in those areas, to discuss the current situation of Roma in the respective Member States and discuss current Roma policy issues, such as the future of the EU Framework of National Roma Strategies.

The first part of the meeting was dedicated to exchanging of member’s best practices related to access to health care and adequate housing. The other session focused on formulating recommendations for the post-2020 EU Roma policies. We are also delighted to welcome several external speakers from Helsinki University, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare and Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs who will present their work with Roma and thus give additional input to our work.

During the meeting, the participants had the chance to attend a study visit to our member’s HDI drop-in service for Roma EU migrants Hirundo.

To know more about the 2018 Roma Network Meeting, please read our event report.