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* ERIO’s recommendations to the Italian EU Presidency
Between July-December 2014, Italy takes over the EU Presidency at a crucial moment for the EU. The EU finds itself in a recovery phase from the economic crisis and the European Parliament and Commission start their new term creating opportunities for a return to the EU founding values of unity, inclusion, human rights and respect. Italy should use this turning point to make social justice and Roma inclusion a priority for their Presidency.

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* Full version of Atlas of Roma Communities out now
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.The Slovak Spectator

16/07/2014 - Almost half of the approximately 402,000 Roma living in Slovakia are integrated among the majority inhabitants. This is one of the findings published in the complete version of the Atlas of Roma Communities, which the Labour Ministry and Prešov University published together. Another 95,000 Roma live on the edges of municipalities and another 74,000 reside in segregated settlements. About 46,000 Roma live in ghettos within cities and villages, according to the Atlas. The number of settlements has dropped by about 50 in the past 10 years, the information in the Atlas states.

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* Southeast European Times: EU funds helping disadvantaged in Romania

Cluj-Napoca, a city in northwest Romania, is using 4.1 million euros from the European Union for several projects to create jobs and educate children from socially disadvantaged groups. One of the projects is a children's centre to be opened this fall, which will be filled with furniture, appliances and teaching materials, a playground and facilities for people with disabilities.
"Access to this centre is for children from socially disfavored groups, such as families with no or little resources and whose children face the risk of dropping out of school or not being able to integrate in the mass education. These children come to the centre for half a year or two years and benefit from extra assistance to integrate," Oana Buzatu, a spokeswoman for the Cluj-Napoca City Hall, told SETimes.

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*  Brussels insists the Czech Republic allocate EU money directly for Romani inclusion
By ČTK, ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

The Czech Republic claims it has convinced the European Commission to back down from most of its 88 exceptions to the country's plans for drawing EU money. However, the Czechs have yet to reach agreement with the Commission on several topics, such as financing the inclusion of Romani people into society and the absence of a Service Act. 

Deputy Regional Development Minister Daniel Braun delivered the information to journalists on Wednesday. The first EU-funded subsidy calls, according to the ministry, should be announced by the end of this year.

The Czech Republic met informally with a delegation from Brussels on Tuesday. Braun said the demanding nature of that meeting could be seen from the fact that it lasted five and a half hours.

"The European Commission has stated that the way our side has dealt with their comments is good. The conclusion of the negotiation of the Partnership Agreement, therefore, is well on its way," Braun said.

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* Rome, Italy: the “Roma Camp system” is worth 24 million euros, Associazione 21 luglio's report says 
14/07/2014 - In 2013, the Municipality of Rome spent more than 24 million euros to segregate and concentrate Roma people in “villages of solidarity” or in “centres of Roma gathering” and to evict them from informal housing arrangements. This is the out and out “system of camps” in the Capital city of Italy. As part of this “system of camps”, 35 public and private bodies operate and employ more than 400 workers, whom gain access to the municipality’s public money through private commitments rather than through public calls for competitive bids.

This is the picture that emerges from the “Campi Nomadi s.p.a.” report that Associazione 21 Luglio presented on 12 June 2014in the Roman Capitol. There is an uncontrolled river of public money that flows into this “system of camps” and that does not translate into social inclusion for the Roma community. On the contrary, this policy fuels a negative perception of Roma people in the eyes of the public opinion.

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* Call for Applications: MtM Internship scheme for young Roma graduates | Open Society Foundations
Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma (MtM) invites young Roma graduates to submit applications for internships in institutions and organizations that work on EU integrations. The internship position is envisaged to be learning process on preparing IPA project proposals, policies, funding instruments, EU Project Cycle Management, administration and research closely aligned with the EU 2020 objectives. 
The intern candidates should find and negotiate by themselves a host organization for minimum 12 months period (preference will be given to internships in public institutions). Besides the learning expectations, the applicants should agree or negotiate with host organization about the deliverables, role and tasks they should have during the internship period. Internship scheme for young Roma graduates: Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro and Croatia.
Deadline: July 25, 2014.

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* Roma Education Fund Scholarship Program seeks applicants for the ombudsperson position
The Ombudsperson, as a neutral third party, will familiarize himself/herself with the policies, procedures and guidelines of the Programs and help resolving potential procedural inadvertences as raised and reported by REF SP scholarship applicants. The mandate of the Ombudsperson’s position lasts for two years.
The primary task of the of the Ombudsperson is to investigate, recommend solutions, mediate disputes and monitor the implementation of the solutions proposed in relation with complaints of procedural failures related to the scholarship program that are brought to his /her attention. There is an established mechanism of REF SP’s administration and processing, which involves, among others, Country Coordinators based in Program countries. The overall management, coordination and administration of REF SP are conducted from REF Headquarters in Budapest.
Deadline for application is July 31, 2014.

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* Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative - July 30 – August 4th, 2014 - Krakow/Auschwitz, Poland
Remember the past, act in the present, and change the future! Come and join the “Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative”!
Marking the 70th anniversary of the remembrance day of the Roma Genocide on August 2, we gather 1.000 young Roma and non-Roma from all over the world. This is a unique and outstanding event that gives 1.000 young people and youth organizations the opportunity to come together in a social forum, to exchange experiences and to debate about the past, present and future! We remember the Roma Genocide, we learn about the past and present in workshops, and we present our initiatives and organizations. The initiative is organized by ternYpe International Roma Youth Network and a large number of member and partner organizations.

Be aware that a registration is not yet a confirmation of participation. Find selection conditions and conditions for external participants here
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