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* KeyRoma Newsletter 4
Our joint project KEYROMA has now published its fourth newsletter to provide more information on the project results. In the past few months, learning modules were developed, dissemination seminars were organised and the Online Community of Practice is active for online discussions.

The newsletter is available online in EnglishFrench and Dutch.

OTHER news

* The Roma Decade and the Situation of the Roma Community in Albania
by Open Society Foundation for Albania

Roma Decade and the Situation of Roma Community in Albania presents an in-depth study conducted by the Open Society Foundation for Albania using research data was collected country-wide in November 2012. By combining qualitative and quantitative methods, the study offers a thorough examination of the situation of the Roma community from the economic, educational, health and housing perspectives. It also probes their level of satisfaction with public services and their level of access to these services. Some of the specific measures of the Albanian Roma Decade Action Plan are considered as well, with a view to their implementation level and state budget support. 

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* Art mirrors society for Roma in Europe
By Gabriela Hrabanova, European Roma Grassroots Organization (ERGO) Network, and Fotis Filippou, Campaigner for the Human rights here, Roma rights now campaign for Amnesty International

7 June 2013 - “We wanted to try to find a way to stop racism in the world, because it is not right that Roma people do not have the same rights as other people; we should be all equal” say Calin Denis and Danila Elena, winners of the art competition My Story, My Rights, jointly organized by RomaReact, a digital platform managed by ERGO Network and Amnesty International.

The “My Story, My Rights” art competition aimed to explore and discover Roma experiences, Roma identity, Roma aspirations and the impact of racism in the lives of Roma, directly from young Roma themselves. The competition provided a space for Roma artists, thinkers, activists, performers to share their stories through innovative and creative forums.

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* Roma English Language Program (RELP)
Application deadline: June 25, 2013

Central European University (CEU) and the Roma Initiatives Office of the Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for the Academic Year 2013/2014 for a 9-month intensive English language training for young Roma with low level of English. The program is offered at Central European University, Budapest and will run from October 2013 till June 2014.
The Roma English Language Program (RELP) aims to contribute to the personal development of young Roma university graduates from Central and Eastern Europe. The goal of the training is to enhance participants’ English language skills in order for them to successfully apply for career and internship opportunities at various local and international organizations, as well as for educational programs, such as the Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP) at CEU. Furthermore, RELP works to build strong Roma youth leadership in terms of skills, knowledge, pride and commitment for the betterment of Roma communities.

Welcomed are applications from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.
For questions, please write to relp@ceu.hu
Roma English Language Program
Central European University
Nador u. 9., H-1051
Budapest, Hungary
Tel: (+36-1) 327 3000/2585
Fax: (+36-1) 327 3190

Further information 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.
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