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* ERIO - ERNE Conference Invitation 01 October 2014
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) invites you to attend the final conference of our project ERNE “European Roma Integration good practice exchange and policy network”, which will be held on 1 October 2014 from 09:00-16:15 in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), 74, rue de Trèves, Trèves building (room TRE 7701 - 7th floor), 1040 Brussels.
This will be a closing conference of a two-year project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme KA1.
The ERNE project (www.erne-project.eu) is a contribution to the implementation of the National Roma Inclusion Strategies and aims to maximise chances of success for Roma integration.
The conference will be held in English.

The agenda will be available soon here : http://erionet.eu/event-011014
You can register by email or phone by giving your name, surname, title and the organisation you are working for. The deadline is 29.09.2014.
For registration or any other queries, please contact: office@erionet.eu or Tel: +32 2 733 3462

OTHER news

* Polish MEP fined for racist remark
František Bikár, TASR, teraz.sk, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Janusz Korwin-Mikke, an ultra-right legislator at the European Parliament from Poland, has been fined EUR 3 040 for making a racist statement during a plenary discussion. The MEP from the Congress of the New Right (KNP) party called unemployed young Europeans the "niggers of Europe" during a discussion at the EP this July on youth unemployment.
The statement, made two months after right-wing parties made significant gains during the EP elections this May, prompting concerns that xenophobia is spreading, sparked general outrage. EP chair Martin Schulz told his fellow MEPs that he had offered Korwin-Mikke the opportunity to "correct" his statement or apologize for it.
"He refused and insisted on his position," Schulz said. "I then made the decision to fine Mr Korwin-Mikke 10 per diems, which he will be docked."

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* Strategic Guidelines of the European Aliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion
As a follow-up to the ‘Meeting with representatives of the civil society, international organisations and academics' networks’ in Brussels last Wednesday 17 September, Mr Denis Huber, Head of the Division for Cooperation, Administration and External Relations at the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe, would like to share with you the strategic guidelines of the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion.
The Congress, as a part of the Council of Europe, is focusing especially on the local level to implement higher standards of democracy and human rights for Roma. One of these efforts is the Alliance, which aims at helping communities to learn from each other mutually to fuel successful integration of Roma into mainstream society. The Alliance is a platform with 122 participants – cities and regions from 27 member states in all of Europe. These cities are especially committed to include Roma and all have considerable experience in doing so.
Attached, for your information, please find the strategic guidelines of the Alliance in French and English. These guidelines have recently been approved by the Bureau of the Congress.
Of course, if you have any comments or questions about the document or the Alliance, I am at your disposal. Please do not hesitate to get in touch, in case you want to communicate any remarks, or visit the Alliance homepage.

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* Czech Republic: Longterm Romani residents complain about Romani newcomers
By iDNES.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

News server iDNES.cz reports that the town hall of Jirkov (Chomutov district) is addressing a problem with newcomers living in commercially rented apartments. The new tenants are often Romani and are being complained about by other Romani people who have lived in the town for decades.
"They are making a mess here and we are paying the price because everyone else tars us with the same brush. Our children are afraid to walk down the street," says Roman, a longterm Romani resident of Jirkov.

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* Council of Europe: Anti-minority rhetoric common among Slovak political class
By ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

The Council of Europe (CoE) has recommended Slovakia intensify its efforts to integrate Romani people and that it toughen up its prosecutions of crimes that are ethnically, racially or religiously motivated. The recommendations are based on the most recent evaluation report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the CoE.
ECRI warned of anti-Romani displays in the country even as it expressed appreciation for progress regarding minority protections in Slovakia. "A negative factor in Romani inclusion is their restricted access to employment. Insufficient access to education and the resulting lower level of Romani people's qualifications only partially explains this situation," says the report, which was provided to the press by the Slovak National Center for Human Rights.

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* Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association launched at Westminster
By The Travellers' Times

The first ever association representing Police Officers from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities has been officially launched at Westminster.
The event- which took place in Government buildings at Portcullis House- was chaired by the Shadow Justice Minister, Andy Slaughter MP, was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies Travellers and Roma, with support from the Traveller Movement.
The GRTPA was started in September 2013 by Jim Davies, an English Romany Gypsy Officer from Thames Valley Police, and Petr Torak, a Czech Roma Officer from Cambridgeshire, who met by chance at an Association of Chief Police Officers conference. The association has grown quickly and now has over 50 members from the UK and several members from Europe.

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* Double boost for Welsh Gypsy and Traveller group
By the Travellers' Times

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is proud to announce that BBC Children in Need has granted a further £151,811 grant over 3 years to fund project work that takes arts-based workshops and activities onto the Gypsy & Traveller Caravan Sites of South Wales, as a major new arts project also gets the green light.
Isaac Blake, Director of RCAC says that ‘These children deserve the best start in life and I am proud, as a Romani Gypsy to be able to continue to take our work directly to these children on site. BBC Children in Need can rest assured that they are making a tremendous difference to some very special young people.’
The enhanced project will be re-launched in Autumn 2014 and even more young people than before will benefit and get improved opportunities to engage and mix socially whilst learning new skills.

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* High level conference on Roma inclusion on the ground - The ROMACT experience - 2-3 October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
The European Commission - in cooperation with the Council of Europe - has convened a high level international conference in Brussels on 2 and 3 October 2014 to take stock of progress and lessons learned in integrating Roma at the local level with the support of the ROMACT programme.
This event will bring together more than 400 participants from more than 10 countries representing public authorities at EU, national and local level, international institutions and other stakeholders.

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