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* ERIO’s Executive Director speaks in the Catalan Parliament on the occasion of April 8th, the International Roma day
On April 8th the Parliament of Catalonia in cooperation with ERIO network member FAGIC organized its annual meeting on marking the international Roma day. The meeting brought together many Roma activists, representatives of the Catalan government and institutions, different political parties, media and academia. The meeting was opened by the President of the Parliament H.E. Mrs. Nuria de Gispert. Key-note speaches were delivered by Mr. Pedro Aguilera member of ERIO Board and former member of ECRI and Mr. Ivan Ivanov Executive Director of ERIO. Mrs. Nuria de Gispert said “… Roma have always being facing problems, but now during economic crises they are even more affected. The Parliament of Catalonia is open for cooperation and debate to find ways of how to help the Roma communities…”.  Mr. Ivanov thanked for the opportunity to address Roma and officials in Catalonia and stated “… April 8th is not only for claiming recognition of Roma culture and identity and raising awareness of their human rights and socio economic situation. It is also a call for solidarity with all members of the societies they live in, for intercultural dialogue and for living in society free of racism and discrimination”.

To read the full speech read more on the FAGIC's website here
* ERIO at the conference “How can it happen here? Roma discrimination in Europe”
On 9 April 2013 ERIO participated in a conference titled; “How can it happen here? Roma discrimination in Europe”.  The event, hosted by MEP Hélène Flautre was jointly organised by Amnesty International and the European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) in the context of the International Roma Day.
The discussion points included discrimination against Roma in access to housing and education, and anti-Roma racism and racially motivated violence.
As the title ‘How can it happen here?’ suggests, both systematic and institutional discrimination and racially motivated violence is unacceptable and directly run against the core values of the EU. However as speakers, who themselves had experienced forcible evictions, discrimination in access to education and anti-Roma motivated violence, made clear, this does happen daily and in abundance in Europe. What also became clear during the conference, is that national governments and local authorities of EU member states lack the political will, to live up to their international obligations to protect its citizens against anti-discrimination and racially motivated hatred, violence and abuses.
* KeyRoma Newsletter 3
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OTHER news

* ENAR’s new publication “Hidden Talents, Wasted Talents”
ENAR has launched a new publication today entitled ‘Hidden Talents, Wasted Talents?'. The real cost of neglecting the positive contribution of migrants and ethnic minorities', which provides evidence that migrants and minorities do contribute to Europe and that many talents go unrecognised. 
The publication is available on ENAR’s website: here.
You can also read their press release on this issue: Europe is losing out by failing to recognise the talents of migrants and ethnic minorities: 

Read more here
* International Roma Day: Remembering the Past and Fighting for the Future
by Foreign Affairs Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, David Meyer

Hurbanovo, Slovakia, 10.04.2013  -  The Romani people, one of the largest minority groups in Europe, have made significant contributions to European and American culture and societies. From musicians and dancers in Spain, to human rights lawyers in Budapest, to dedicated educators in Macedonia, the Roma people continue to shape Europe’s future. Yet, the Roma are one of the most marginalized groups in Europe, facing challenges to overcome systematic discrimination. On April 8, 2013, U.S. and European human rights activists and scholars came together at Harvard University for a conference entitled “Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination, and Segregation in Europe to celebrate International Roma Day” to discuss how the Roma can reclaim their rights and harness the human potential of a diverse population of more than 10 million people.

Read more here
* Secretary Kerry Commemorating International Roma Day: April 8, 2013
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send best wishes to all Roma on the occasion of International Roma Day. We mark the day by celebrating the rich Romani culture and the diverse contributions of Roma to our societies. On this day, we should reflect on the obstacles that continue to prevent millions of Roma from realizing their potential.

Read more here


* Conference “European Year of Citizens: Are Roma people European citizens like any others?” - 22th of April

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) invites you to attend the conference “European Year of Citizens: Are Roma people European citizens like any others?” on the 22th of April from 09:00-17:30 in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Room VM3, (2nd floor, Van Maerlant Building, 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels).

The conference will be held in English with interpretation in French and Romanes.

You can register before 17th of April by sending your full name and the organisation you work for to ERIO by e-mail at office@erionet.eu or by phoning the office on  +32 27333462.

The draft programme will soon be available here
*  International Conference "Quality education for Roma: Sustainability of Education Policy Developed within the Decade on European level", April 22-23, 2013, Zagreb, Croatia
The international event is organized by the Ministry of Education and the Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities with the assistance of the Decade Secretariat. CoE, ETF, REF, UNDP and UNICEF have also provided valuable contributions. The main purpose of the international conference is to exchange experiences of different stakeholders and identify barriers and risks, but also key factors which contribute to the transformation of a successful educational initiative to a realistic, sustainable and effective policy. The Conference will explore topics of quality education for Roma; data gathering and monitoring inclusion of Roma in education; community work as a presupposition for quality education of Roma and usage of EU funds for education. Special panel will be dedicated to the status of the Romani language in the education. The event will consist of plenary sessions and in-depth thematic discussion on the topics. The working language of the conference is English. Interpretation in Croatian and Romani will be provided.
Return the completed form as soon as possible but not later than April 9, 2013.
Tunde Buzetzky (Ms), Facilitator - Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation
Teréz krt. 46,  H-1066 Budapest
phone: + 36 1 411 1325;  fax: + 36 1 411 1326, cell: +36 30 641 7468
e-mail: tbuzetzky@decadesecretariat.org, web: www.romadecade.org
* Social Platform Networking Conference "Social investment under the Lithuanian Presidency", Vilnius - May 23th 2013
In view of the upcoming Lithuanian EU Presidency - from July to December 2013 - the event will gather representatives from the Lithuanian government, research institutes and social civil society organisations (CSOs) to discuss the social priorities for the Lithuanian EU presidency. The meeting also aims at building alliances between European and Lithuanian CSOs.

Read more here
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