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ERIO'S WEEKLY E-NEWS 25-07-2013

ERIO news and activities

* ERIO Recommendations to the Lithuanian EU Presidency
From July until December 2013, Lithuania takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As such, ERIO sent the Presidency recommendations on Roma inclusion.

Read the recommendations here.

OTHER news

* Commissioner  Viviane Reding meets with Roma NGOs in Bulgaria
by Liliya Makaveeva, Executive director of Integro Association

Bulgaria, 25/07/2013  -Four representatives of the movement "The Change!", a group of 35 Roma led NGOs from Bulgaria, took part in the civil dialogue with Viviane Reding, held on 23 July 2013 in the Central Military Club in Sofia. The question that was raised by the representatives of "The Change!" was the following: "Mrs. Reding, the talk on Roma integration is part from the conversation about human rights as well as for the future of Europe, since Roma are untapped opportunities for both Bulgaria and Europe. Three months ago, Roma led NGOs left the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues in protest that this structure does not make real consultative process, but only an imitation of actions. We want real civil dialogue.

Read more here
* Homeless Roma Gypsies Urged to Leave London
by Novinite

London, 21/07/2013 - Police and immigration officers have broken up a camp set up in London's Marble Arch by a group of Roma, BBC reported. It follows complaints from residents over begging and anti-social behaviour. The fifty rough-sleepers are from Romania, but local officials managed to convince just twenty of them to return home since by European law the Roma could stay for up to 90 days.

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* Greece: Number of racist attacks rising
by AFP (ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert )

Athens, Greece, 22.7.2013 - Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that a refugee named Omar Diallo suffered injuries during a recent attack on the street in Athens that required several stitches. Back in his home country of Guinea the 28-year-old was used to violence, but the hostile racism he has encountered in a Greece beset by crisis is a significant shock for him.  
In the quarter of Athens where Diallo lives, an area full of empty, graffiti-covered shops with "for rent" and "for sale" signs, it is becoming more and more dangerous to be a dark-skinned foreigner. "There are places here where we do not have the right to walk, or where we can walk only in groups," he said.

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* Czech Republic: 100 right-wing extremists march through Svitavy
by fk, Novinky.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Svitavy, 20.7.2013 - Novinky.cz reports that this afternoon a march by right-wing extremists that has become an annual tradition was experienced once more by the town of Svitavy. About 100 people gathered in front of the local train station and marched through the town to protest the imprisonment of a local skinhead, Vlastimil Pechanec, who was convicted of the 2001 murder of a Romani man, Ota Absolon, in a local discotheque and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Pechanec and his supporters insist he is innocent. The conveners of today's event originally anticipated approximately 200 people would participate.

Read more here

ANNOUNCEMENTS and events

* Funding Opportunity Coming Soon – Voter Empowerment (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania)
Elections are more than a minimum condition of the democratic process. They lead to the prioritization of issues, generate policy debates, provide opportunities for more vivid citizen engagement, spur political negotiations and create a greater accessibility of politicians to everyday people.
Next year’s EU and national elections could result in advances or setbacks for the Roma inclusion policy gains that have been made across Europe in recent years.

Look for the full call for concept papers and guidelines in the coming days here
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