Last week  Minister Roderic O’Gorman, TD  invited expressions of interest for nomination to Advisory Committee under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.  Martin Collins speaks about his experience on the committee and encourages Travellers and Roma to apply.

“I was lucky enough to serve on this Committee from 2018-2022. I found this to be a very challenging, but very informative and enriching experience.

I have had the opportunity to visit a number of countries i.e. Georgia, Croatia, Hungary etc. and have learned a great deal about how National Minorities in these countries organise themselves, and the issues and concerns that face them. 

I have also learned how these States have responded in terms of legislation and policy in addressing these concerns.

The Advisory Committee itself does very important work and the recommendations and subsequent resolution of the Council of Ministers are essential in promoting the human rights of National Minorities across the Council of Europe.

As far as I know, I was the first Traveller to be appointed to the Advisory Committee and hope I will not be the last.

It is important that these opportunities are available to Travellers and Roma and I would encourage both Travellers and Roma to consider applying for the vacancy. 

For anyone considering applying, I would be happy to have a chat about my experience.”  Closing date 16 June. For further information contact Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre.  Also see – Nominations for experts for the Advisory Committee under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Framework Convention plenary session in Strasbourg in 2021.