The Romani have been for generations
both persecuted and held on the outside edge of European law-making because of
ignorance that continues to remain regarding their presence. Romani cultures
are diverse and not widely known because of their nomadic and singular natures,
but because of this and past separate instances that have involved criminals
all Romani have been labeled as being shady in nature and not deserving of
basic human rights; thus the need for an organization like the NGO to assist
them in legal and other issues where normal ‘public services’ would be offered
to citizens of said European nation. Since the NGO is the primary source of
communication on behalf of the Romani as a nation rather than culture, it
simply makes sense to include their roles as a political and legislative entity
to the otherwise ‘outsider’ groups in Romani clans and familia in the rest of
the European policy making activities as it would be too difficult, or even
forbidden by certain groups, to send representatives to accurately account for
the lives and needs of the numerous Romani (both registered and unregistered
with legal documentation because of legal problems with hospitals or schools).
The NGO is, in that sense, the voice and logical source of input on behalf of a
united understanding of all Roma (including Sinti in some regions) and
therefore just as necessary and viable a presence as The United Kingdom,
France, Germany, Spain, or any other European nation.
I believe Roma NGOs should participate in policy making through the EU. I believe the EU is the best bet when talking about the concerns of the Roma and I think it's the best way to ensure equality over a larger area of Europe. Roma integration is a problem and it will take new policy to assist them.
This entire Roma situation is quickly escalating and getting completely out of control. In one breath, people ask if they should be recognized. In the next, they ask if Roma NGOs should participate in EU policy making. Well yes, if they are to be included, they should partake in EU policy making.
NGO's representing Roma interests need to be involved in the policies throughout the EU. If they remain uninvolved, their interests will never be considered. The Kurdish stayed out of Iraqi politics, and that eventually led to a near genocide event. The Roma's should learn from this mistake and make their voice heard. They must establish themselves as active when it comes to policies specific to their concerns, while still staying out of major points of contention that do not directly deal with their interests.
I do not believe that Roma NOGs should have the right to participate in making policies throughout the EU. They do not possess the credentials and power to do so. I think that a lot of their decisions and beliefs might also be bias. It might not be a good thing for the EU.