As of January 2016, Equinet - European Network of Equality Bodies will become an observer of CAHROM.
A High Level Meeting organised by the Council of Europe in 2011 brought together governments, the European Union and the Roma themselves. At this meeting, they took a joint pledge to cooperate on Roma issues and practical, easy to implement schemes which involve Roma communities in building a better future.
Following the High-Level meeting, intergovernmental work on Roma issues was upgraded: on 16 February 2011 the Ministers Deputies adopted terms of reference for a new Committee of Experts (CAHROM) to be answerable directly to the Committee of Ministers.
The terms of reference – which were renewed by the Ministers Deputies on 20 November 2013 for the years 2014-2015 - place emphasis on the analysis and evaluation of the implementation of national policies and thematic exchanges of experience and good practices.
Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Committee is instructed to:
The Committee will seek synergies with the work of other international organisations active in this area, in particular with the European Union.
International organisations, the European Roma and Travellers Forum and other relevant (Roma) organisations are associated as observers to the CAHROM.
On 15 October 2015, the Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) accepted that, as of January 2016, Equinet - European Network of Equality Bodies, and ENNHRI - European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, will become observers of CAHROM.
The tenth plenary meeting will be hosted by Romanian authorities in Bucharest on 27-30 October 2015, while the eleventh plenary meeting will be hosted by Bulgarian authorities under the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe on 26-29 April 2016, pending approval by the Committee of Ministers of revised terms of reference for the years 2016-2017.