not uniquely on their ethnic belonging. However, this should not preclude the use of positive action measures designed to enable groups or individuals to overcome inequality and disadvantage.
21.The principle of equal pay for equal work should apply to the employment of Roma/Gypsies/Travellers so that the so-called ethnic identificationis not abused by, for example, replacing generally accepted rates of renumeration with unpaid voluntary work.
22.Roma/Gypsy Traveller organisations or individuals should be provided with adequate technical and financial support to ensure that funded projects and initiated activities are brought to completion within a reasonable time-frame and not demobilised by excessive delays and bureaucracy.
23.Roma/Gypsy/Traveller organisations and support groups need to be fully informed of and engaged in recent developments at EU level: the establishment of the European Monitoring Centre for Racism and Xenophobia, and the proposed platform of NGO’s to combat racism, and in particular of the potential created by the adoption of the Amsterdam Treaty which includes a non-discrimination clause.
24. Roma/Gypsy/Traveller organisations and support groups need to engage with the process of roundtable discussions at national and European levels in order to ensure that the Proposed Platform of Anti-Racist NGO’s is developed in a way which is relevant for them.
25. Given the historical and social causes of diverse Roma/Gypsy/Traveller groups, there is need for greater solidarity and co-operation. A prerequisite for this is a rejection of the search for the ‘true’ Gypsy and an acceptance of respect for the various groups of diverse nomadic origin throughout Europe. Strategic alliances need to be developed and resourced in order to promote such solidarity.
All cultures, including those of Roma/Gypsies/Travellers, contain elements that can be dehumanising and oppressive. There is a challenge therefore to resolve tensions and conflicts between communal rights and individual rights, between cultural autonomy and the rights of specific groups (such as women, children, and disabled persons) as defined in international human rights instruments. In order to approach such potentially controversial issues in a constructive and critical way there is a need for dialogue based on equality and mutual respect. Innovative initiatives are required to enable this to happen including capacity-building measures and the organisation of fora, cross-cultural exchanges and networks.
Roma/Gypsy/Traveller organisations and support groups need to be resourced and facilitated to engage constructively in the organisation, education, mobilisation, representation and advocacy of their members in order to overcome alienation, social ostracism, poverty and exclusion. In this way, active participation and partnerships can be developed which will promote social cohesion and interculturalism.
28. In solidarity with other anti-racist and anti-exclusion organisations, Roma/Gypsy/Traveller support groups need to develop strategic alliances with such organisations in order to eliminate all forms of discrimination, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia.
29. Anti-racism and human rights organisations and networks at national and international levels need to be alerted and sensitised to the specific needs and concerns of Roma/Gypsies/Travellers in order to facilitate their appropriate inclusion in their activities and programmes.
30 Employers, trade-unions, government agencies, regional and local authorities, education institutions, academics, religious bodies, the media, professional organisations, non-government and grass-roots organisations, and the victims of racism themselves need to be mobilised into partnerships in the fight against racism and xenophobia, and in the valuing of diversity and multi-ethnicity.
31.Given the responsibility of the police for the maintenance of law and order it is essential that they carry out their duties in accordance with the principles of professional ethics and standards. This is imperative if the mutual mistrust between police and Roma, Gypsies, Travellers is to be overcome. It