News in 2007

  • 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.

  • The Advisory Board of Chance for Education Public Foundation aims to support students in the final semester of high school studies, with the purpose of providing support for those who live under adverse financial conditions and who would not be able to continue their studies without the support provided.

  • Thirty five young adults, predominantly Roma, received their diploma of „Equal Opportunity Policies” in Budapest, Hungary on 09/03/2007. The Roma Civil Rights Foundation(RPA) together with the ELTE University Legal Clinic and the Street Law Foundation have pursued a 200 million HUF worth training program founded by the European Union.

  • The National Action Plan „Roma in Latvia” is the first duration period of the state policy paper and action plan in the period of 2007 – 2009.

  • The Roma Democratic Development Association in Skopje in cooperation with the Open Society Institute, Roma Initiatives Office in Budapest is organizing the Western Balkans Decade of Roma Inclusion Conference “Continuous Dialog among Actors and Challenges for Implementation”

  • With the help of the IBM the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum has launched a talent supportive program “ROMASTER”, that assures applicants to be receiving financial support, mentorship program, and professional training. The program is open for talented high school students who avow themselves Roma, and are prepared to continue their studies in higher education institutions in the fields of law, technology/ engineering, economics or business studies after high school.

  • The Ministry of Social and Labour Affairs (SZMM) jointly with the Roma Education Fund have initiated a program for increasing the educational success of children living in Roma settlements. The REF is supporting settlements participating in the social and residential integrated model program of the SZMM the program was announced in 2005.