17.01.2002 / The
OSCE Ministerial Council, meeting in Bucharest 3-4 December, adopted
Decision No. 7, concerning the Bucharest Conference on Equal
Opportunities for Roma and Sinti and an action Plan of Targeted
The Ministerial Council has tasked the ODIHR to
elaborate the Plan as mandated by the Istanbul Summit in its
Declaration. The same 1999 Summit recognized the particular
difficulties faced by Roma and Sinti and the need to undertake
effective measures in order to achieve full equality of opportunity,
consistent with OSCE commitments, for persons belonging to Roma and
Sinti, in the context of the Istanbul Charter for European Security.
Action Plan should be, according to the Ministerial Council
Decision, one of the ways to strengthenning the ability of the
Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues to assist the participating
States in fulfilling their commitments to improve the situation of
Roma and Sinti.
political process for developing the OSCE Action Plan of Targeted
Activities for Roma and Sinti, succesfully launched by the Bucharest
Conference, is thus entering its realization phase. The phase of
formulating the Action Plan does not mean any weakening of the
ongoing consultation process of which the Bucharest Conference on
Roma and Sinti was the central part.