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* ERIO at the debate "Le Temps des Gitans, Regards en Liberté"
On 1 June, ERIO participated in the debate "Le Temps des Gitans, Regards en Liberté". This get-together was organised by the Espace Delvaux in Brussels; it was meant to allow participants to discuss the current situation of Roma people in Europe, in general, and in Belgium, in particular, with representatives of Roma-related organizations and with several conoisseurs of the matter such as professor Alain Reyniers (UCL), Ahmed Ahkim (Centre de Médiation des Gens du Voyage et des Roms en Wallonie) and Isabelle Doyen (ADDE). ERIO was invited, both, to talk about the "European Policies on Roma Issues" and to take part in the closing debate, as well. The public was responsive and very inquisitive as to ERIO's aim and message. ERIO clarified the doubts certain people had and answered questions.

OTHER news

* “European Commission Making Headway on Roma Integration”: So What About the Member States?
by Bernard Rorke & Martin Demirovski

“Civil society organizations are the eyes and ears for Roma people on the ground,” declared Viviane Reding in a press release in advance of a roundtable discussion between the European Commission and NGOs on Roma integration in Europe on May 15.

In a frank and constructive exchange Commissioners Reding and Andor assured those present that their input “will translate into actions – to make a difference in the daily lives of Roma in Europe.” And more prosaically, that the discussions will be reflected in the Commission’s forthcoming  progress report and recommendations to Member States.

Well, one year into the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, the eyes and ears of civil society delivered their verdict on progress made by Member States, and there is little to cheer about. At the meeting, the Decade Secretariat and the Open Society Foundations presented the findings from Civil Society Monitoring Reports on the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS). Covering six EU Member States and two accession countries, the civil society reports are rich in detail, judicious in tone and contain a wealth of sector and country-specific policy recommendations about what it takes to close the implementation gap. In her assessment of the strategies last year, Commissioner Reding was characteristically forthright about the implementation gap: “For the strategies to exist not just on paper and to produce tangible benefits for the 10-12 million Roma living in Europe we now need concrete measures, explicit targets, earmarked funding and sound monitoring and evaluation.  As we know, the devil is in the detail. And it is precisely this level of detail that is lacking in most of the strategies.” 

Read more here


* OSCE meeting with Belgian civil society
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is organizing meeting with the Belgian civil society and community-based organizations with the three Personal Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Tolerance Issues.
Location: Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (Please use the entrance to the building of the Centre for Equal opportunities from Rue de Ligne 37)
Date: Monday, 10 June 2013
Time: 10:00 – 13:00 The meeting will be conducted in English.
The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office has appointed three Personal Representatives on Tolerance Issues: Rabbi Andrew Baker is the Personal Representative on Combating Anti-Semitism; Senator Adil Akhmetov is the Personal Representative on Combating Intolerance against Muslims; and Ambassador Tetiana Izhevska is the Personal Representative on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, also focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions. Each year, the Personal Representatives conduct a number of country visits to assess challenges, identify examples of good practice and make recommendations in the area of tolerance and non-discrimination.

Further information on the Personal Representatives and their activities can be found here
* Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 - 24th International Steering Committee Meeting (ISC) - 19-20 June 2013 ; Zagreb, Croatia
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia as the President of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015, we are pleased to invite you to the 24th International Steering Committee Meeting that takes place on 19-20 June 2013 at Hotel International in Zagreb, Croatia. This event will be the last one organized under the Croatian Decade Presidency and marks the formal handover of the Presidency to the Republic of Montenegro.
At its 23rd meeting, the International Steering Committee endorsed the Croatian Decade Presidency initiative to establish a working group that would assess options and possibilities for the Decade of Roma Inclusion beyond 2015 through a consultation process in the Decade countries. The options paper that is discussed and finalized by the working group will be presented at the morning session on June 19th 2013, followed by a moderated discussion with high level officials from the Decade Participating Countries and Mr. George Soros.

The meeting will provide opportunity for the participants to discuss the topic with the objective to provide guidance to the Montenegrin Presidency and the Decade Secretariat whether and how to advance any proposals for the Decade extension. In addition, Decade governments will report on progress made in the Decade priority areas in 2012.  Civil society partners will present their findings on the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies and Decade Action Plans in 2012.
Read more here
*  ERIO is currently looking for interns
We are looking for interns to start their internship from September 2013. If you are interested in an unpaid internship, please send your CV and a motivation letter stating your interest for this internship as well as your availability to:  office@erionet.eu.
You can find out more here:  http://www.erionet.eu/internship.htm
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