News in 2007

  • BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Roma Initiative Program has come to its fourth, last year. The manager of the initiation, Susan S. Kutor has evaluated the program successful.

  • The EPP-ED Group, with the patronage of Lívia Járóka and the support of the Robert Schumann foundation, is happy to announce that they will continue to offer two month traineeships to young Roma professionals at the European Parliament between January 2008 and July 2009.

  • The Romaversitas program calls for applications for the next academic year as of September 2007. Applications of young, talented Roma are welcome. When applying, applicants are supposed to have two successful semesters in any of the Hungarian tertiary educational establishments; also their academic rates may not fall under the required.

  • One of the leading lawyers supporting the desegregation process in US, Mr. Jack Greenberg, visited Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary in April 2007, collecting information about integration of Roma in the education system in the three countries.

  • UNHCR together with the NGO Praxis has just released an update of its 2005 report “Analysis of the Situation of Internally Displaced Persons from Kosovo in Serbia and Montenegro: Law and Practice". The organizations notice that the 206.879 IDPs from Kosovo who live in Serbia still face obstacles in the realization of basic rights.

  • On 18. 04. 2007 "The Educational Romas Center" has been settled in Oradea University Campus, in Romania. The center was set up by the Ruhama Foundation in order to enable the development of Roma communities in the county, starting from pre-school to territorial studies. According to the President of the Foundation, Marian Daragiu, the most important task of the Center is to help Roma undertake their own identity, acknowledge their rights and obligations.

  • The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) dedicated a summer event to increase the level of acceptance and awareness of Roma as a minority group and the Romani culture among youth. The seminar will take place on 22nd – 28th of July, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    Participants coming from both Roma and non-Roma cultures will have the opportunity to experience one week of real-life, face-to-face, constructive dialogue and familiarize each other with the particularities and differences of their cultures.

  • June 12 - 13, 2007 - Sofia, Bulgaria

    This is the 10th Meeting of the International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in its capacity as a National Coordinating Body of the Decade of Roma Inclusion under the Bulgarian Decade Presidency. The working languages of this event will be English and Romani.

    More info via Ani Evgenieva, Junior Expert, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy at

  • Brussels, 18 April 2007 - MEP Katalin Levai hosted a working lunch in the European Parliament to discuss the role of knowledge as a tool for social mobility, for which the digital world offers a number of services.
    The discussion highlighted the need to dismantle the barriers that prevent Roma from profiting from the internet as a tool for better education and access to information. The meeting was attended by different MEPS, members from the Commission and other EU institutions.

    1. Roms en Europe (only available in French)
    2. Education of Roma children (available in both French and English)