• 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 evgenieva@mlsp.government.bg

  • 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)
  • As agreed upon at the 9th meeting of the International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion held on November 16-17, 2006, a Permanent Secretariat of the Decade of Roma Inclusion (“Decade”) will be established in Budapest, Hungary.

    The creation of the Permanent Secretariat (PS) is supported by the Open Society Institute (OSI), which is founding the PS on behalf of the International Steering Committee (ISC). Legal procedures establishing the PS are expected to be completed by June 2007.

  • The Vodafone Hungary Foundation calls for applications of Civil Organizations, Associations, Foundations and Public Foundations and Public Companies with Hungarian official residence and legal operational permit. Project programs must be supporting the scholar performance of primary school aged (6-15 years) Roma children.
    Offered grants are non-refundable financial supports; retention is not a must for gaining them. The overall available sum for distribution amongst project applications amounts to 31 625 000 HUF.

  • The Open Society Institute and the Roma Education Fund announces the fourth year of RMUSP Law and Humanities Program for eligible Roma students at the university level.

  • The Open Society Institute and the Roma Education Fund announces the seventh year of the “Roma Memorial University Scholarship” (RMUSP) Core Program that offers a merit-based open competition for Roma nationality students in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, and Turkey.