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The dead-line for sending the children's drawings for the international competition "The music and dances of my people" will expire on May the 1st, 2008. Around 60 drawings have been received in the Municipality of Montana – Bulgaria till now.
The participants are residents of Austria, India and 16 Bulgarian settlements. Children from Italy, Croatia, Australia, island of Ceylon, Slovenia asked additional information about the competition.
The organizers – Municipality of Montana, are waiting for more and yet more children's art works.
For remembering the rules for participations, please look at the attachment.
All the best!
Senior expert of culture and religion
Municipality of Montana
1 Izvora Str.
Phone: ++359 96 394 237
Mobile: ++359 889 289 900
Alternative e-mail: n_6805@...Skype: Nelly_Vasileva
в. “Дром Дромендар”
ул. “Любен Каравелов” №31, ап.6
тел./факс: 986 50 27
Имаме удоволствието да ви поканим на заключителния етап на традиционния Международен конкурс за поезия „Усин Керим”.
Тържеството по награждаването на отличените автори, както и представянето на сборника с поезия “Romano Kher”, ще се състои в Софийска градска художествена галерия (ул. Ген Гурко 1)
на 7 април 2008 г. от 17:30 часа.
Roma Health Project-OSI
European Youth and AIDS Seminar
Conference and Scholarships Announcement
The Open Society Institute’s Roma Health Project (RHP) is encouraging young Roma activists and civil society members to attend the European Youth and AIDS seminar organized by ARAS – Romanian Association against AIDS in Bucharest ( Romania ), on June 27-28, 2008. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover participation costs. (5 from new European countries and 3 from Romania)
Description of the seminar
Supported by the European Commission, DG SANCO and by OSI’s Roma Health Project, the European Youth and AIDS seminar is the last of a series of 9 European best practice seminars organized in the framework of AIDS ACTION and INTEGRATION projects, coordinated by the NGO AIDES, Paris ( France ). The goal of the seminar series is to promote the development of local, community-based HIV/AIDS NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe , especially in the new and future Member States of the European Union. The European Youth and AIDS seminar is planned as a training and best practice exchange workshop for young activists in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention.
The seminar will include a workshop dedicated specifically to Roma youth and AIDS, with focus on:
- The special situation and needs of Roma youth (crossed vulnerability, poverty, discrimination, etc.);
- Cultural and health mediation as main tools of intervention, from theory to practice;
- Tools and methods recommended for working with Roma youth;
- Exchange of experiences and best practice models
The working languages of the seminar are English and Russian.
Who should apply
Scholarship applications are solicited from individuals with:
- Membership and active role in an organization, network or group with the capacity to implement HIV/AIDS-related projects and/or advocate on HIV/AIDS policy;
- Age 18-35;
- Basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS;
- Young Roma are particularly encouraged to apply;
- Young people living with HIV/AIDS are particularly encouraged to apply;
- Priority will be given to applications from the 12 new Member States of the European Union and Turkey (see full list of eligible countries at the end of the attached application form)
How to apply
Interested individuals should complete and submit the attached application form by email to Ms Nicoleta Dascalu (ARAS) at youthandaids@... no later than April 30, 2008.
For further information on the seminar, eligible countries, on registration and scholarships please contact the seminar coordinators at youthandaids@....
Apologies for cross-posting!
Roma Health Project
Open Society Institute- Budapest
Phone: (+36-1) 327 31 00
Fax: (+36-1) 327 31 01
Aven saste, baxtale, Romale!
Ame sam roma andar lsrael: Pozdravinas tumen amare Somnal Diesesa - 8 April.
Te avel savore romenge lacho trajos, te avel savorenge but baxt, sastipen, losh!
Sa e Romengho trajo te avel gudlo, loshalo! Kaj dzhan, kaj aven - pir o rup,
sumnakaj te phiren, Romale! Roviben, jasva te na aven tumende; te aven saben,
kheliben, thaj shukar romane gila!
Te aven dzhuvde Roma, te avel dzhuvdo, zoralo amaro romanipen!
Vlado katar lsrael
Joint Master Programme in European Integration and Regionalism (2008 - 2009)
- start of application process -
Dear MIRIS subscriber,
After five years of experience we have the pleasure to announce you a new start of the application process for the Joint Master Programme in European Integration and Regionalism offered by University of Graz (Austria), University of Zagreb (Croatia) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). This joint programme is implemented in cooperation with European Academy of Bolzano (Italy) and European Institute of Public Administration (Luxembourg and Barcelona).
The CORE TOPICS are:
- Module I: The Enlarged European Union ( 1 – 12 September 2008, Graz, Austria)
- Module II: Law of the European Union ( 3 – 14 November 2008, Luxembourg)
- Module III: Governance, Public Administration Reform and Economics (19 – 30 January 2009, Zagreb, Croatia)
- Module IV: Regional Affairs: Policies, Structures and Management (23 March – 3 April 2009, Barcelona, Spain)
- Module V: Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management (15 – 26 June 2009, Bolzano, Italy)
Applications can be made either to the full Programme or to single modules. In the latter case, the attendance of a module will lead to the award of a certificate.
TUITION FEE AND PARTIAL SCOLARSHIPS
The registration fee for the overall Joint Masters programme is 7,500 EUR. For participants of single modules, a registration fee of 1,500 EUR per module will be charged. These fees do not include travel expenses or accommodation, which are to be covered by the participants themselves. The partner institutions are able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships which will wave a part of the tuition fee that shall be paid by the successful applicants.
Successful participants of the Master programme will be jointly awarded by the University of Graz, the University of Zagreb and the Autonomous University of Barcelona the academic degree of a "Master of European Studies" (M.E.S.)
- Civil servants from local, regional or national administrations who are dealing with EU affairs and therefore require both theoretical and practical training in EU and regional issues;
- Lawyers, economists, social scientists and others in the employment of non-governmental organisations wishing to enhance inter-disciplinary skills and to specialise on different aspects of European integration, regionalism and diversity;
- Graduate students wishing to acquire a more in-depth understanding of EU and regional issues, beneficial for a future career in the academia or even practice-orientated work.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
The deadline for application for the academic year 2008-2009 is 15 June 2008.
START OF THE PROGRAMME
The first module of the academic year 2008-2009 will start on 1 September 2008.
European Academy of Bolzano
Minorities and Autonomies
Viale Druso 1
I-39100 Bolzano, Italy
Phone: +39 0471 055 223, Fax: +39 0471 055 299
Further information about the Joint Programme and the application forms are available at http://www.eurac.edu/meir
Please forward this announcement regarding the Joint Masters Programme to whom it may concern.
Thank you and best regards
The MEIR Team
Zdraveite and hello to all. (Na bulgarski i posle na angliiski.)
На български език:
Българският център за развитие и обучение (организация-приемник от
мрежата на USAID) предлага едномесечен курс за подготовка на учители
по английски. Курсът се казва "Qualification in Language Teaching" и
е лицензиран продукт на World Learning SIT Graduate Institute (в
Съединените щати). За следващия курс имаме финансиране за пълни
стипендии за ромски кандидати, които покриват изискванията. Има
стипендии и за други български граждани.
Пълната информация и формулярите за кандидатстване са достъпни през
сайта ни -- www.bcdt.bg >> QuiLT Forms. Всякакви въпроси са добре
дошли: за целта търсете Мат Браун или Кремена Начева, по телефона --
(359 2) 987 2040 -- или по електронната поща: mbrown@... или
За да имат право на участие, кандидатите трябва да са завършили най-
малко средно образование и да владеят английски на ниво Б1
(напреднали) по европейската система (CERF). За да получат стипендия,
ромските кандидати трябва да ни покажат, че има формална или
неформална структура, в която могат преподават английски на възрастни
след края на курса. Очакваме и насърчаваме широка гама от творчески
партньорства за тази цел. Другите стипендии ще отпуснат за хора,
позиционирани да преподават, за да подкрепят развитието на общностите
си (предимствo щe имат тeзи, които щe преподават на роми).
Дaтите на следващия курс са 7 мaй – 3 юни. Формалният срок за
кандидатстване за следващия е 25 април, но още отсега започваме да
приемаме формулярите, които ще разглеждаме в реда им на пристигане
The Bulgarian Center for Development and Training (a USAID "legacy"
organization) offers a one-month English teacher training course
called the Qualification in Language Teaching. The course is a
licensed product of the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute (in the
US). For our upcoming course we have funding for several full
scholarships for qualified Roma candidates. Some scholarships are
also available for other Bulgarian citizens.
Full information and application forms for the course and the
scholarships are available on our website -- www.bcdt.bg >> QuiLT
Forms. We encourage all types of questions and inquiries, which
should be directed to Matt Brown or Kremena Natcheva, by phone --
(359 2) 987 2040 -- or by e-mail: mbrown@... or knatcheva@....
Successful course candidates must have completed secondary education
(sredno obrazovanie in Bulgarian) and have an English level of at
least B1 (intermediate) in the European system. Their English must be
good enough to participate effectively in the course, which is very
intense and takes place entirely in English. For the scholarships,
Roma candidates must demonstrate that they have an informal or formal
situation in which they expect to teach English to Roma adults after
the course. We expect and encourage a wide variety of creative
partnerships for this purpose. The other scholarships will be awarded
to people who are positioned to teach English in ways that support
community development, with priority for people who plan to teach
The dates of the next course are 7 May – 3 June. The formal
application deadline is 23 April, but we are accepting applications
immediately and will review and process them as we receive them.
European Roma Information Office
8th April - International Roma Day: Still fighting for our Rights
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) would like to join Roma communities throughout Europe in celebrating the 8th April, International Roma Day. On this day we unite with Roma communities around the world in celebrating the Roma culture and remembering the long fight of Roma for their recognition.
But the history of European Roma is not only one of their fight against racism and social exclusion. It is also a history of the development and consolidation of a non-territorial nation in Europe. Over the centuries, Roma language, tradition and culture have not only become a part but have enriched the European culture. Here, the resistance of Roma against the Nazi and other authoritarian regimes as contribution to the development and consolidation of peace and democracy in the European Union should be acknowledged.
An acknowledgment of Roma’s contribution to the construction of a more democratic Europe is the last Resolution of the European Parliament of 31 January 2008 calling upon the European Commission to shape a Community Action Plan on Roma Inclusion. This would be a big step towards Roma inclusion. In 2008, declared by the European Commission as “European Year of the Intercultural Dialogue – 2008”, the realisation of equal opportunities remains the goal for the largest parts of Roma. Given the extreme patterns of social exclusion and discrimination faced by Roma, they are not equal partners in such societal dialogue. This remains the main challenge for European institutions and especially for national governments. Nevertheless, ERIO believes that effective inclusion policies can be successful only with the full participation of Roma themselves whose fight for recognition and equality should be recognised on this International Roma Day.
European Roma Information Office
Av. Edouard Lacomble 17, Brussels 1040, Brussels
Phone: +32-2733-34-62; Fax: +32-2733-38-75
session for 2008 of the National
Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Demographic Issues (NCCEDI) took place on
April 4. The new Council membership participated in the session: besides 16
deputy ministers and 7 directors of state agencies 47 representatives of
non-governmental organizations (37 of them – Roma or working with Roma) are
members of the NCCEDI during 2008. The session was chaired by Mrs. Emel Etem
– Chair of NCCEDI and Deputy-Prime
topics were discused. The team of
Ethnic and Demographic Issues Directorate presented its Report about the state
of interethnic relations and intercultural dialogue. Roma NGOs representatives
reacted to certain statements and conclusions. According to Deyan Kolev from
Center “Amalipe” it is a mistake to perceive Roma question only as social one
and to foresee the so-called “Roma policies” as “limited in their extend and
supplementary to the horizontal social policy in their character.” Roma
question is question of deep exclusion: Roma community does not participate in
the political, social and economoc life that determines the social aspects of
Roma issue – pointed Deyan Kolev. Concerning the “Roma policies”, they should
be integral part from the horizontal social policy instead of its supplement.
Sechkov (S.E.G.A.), Nikolay Kirilov
(Roma – Lom) and Georgi Parushev raised similar criticisms. Nevertheless, the
report would not be changed - its presentation appeared to be only “for
Krastev (Head of Roma integration Branch
of Ethnic and Demographic Issues Directorate) presented the state of the
process of preparing new Framework Program for Roma Integration. He pointed
that it should be ready until November when its approval by the Council of
Ministers is expected. The Program will have higher normative status: Decree of
the Council of Ministers or even Decision of the Parliament as well as
financing from the state budget. In responce to the requirments of Roma NGOs
from November 2007 Ethnic and Demographic Issues Directorate is ready to
include a vast number of NGO experts in
the Program preparation. That is why Working group and Expert groups in the
fields will be formed. Regional discussions will be organized. April 20 is the
deadline for NGOs to send suggestions for the first Program draft. Summurizing
the suggestions and public discussions will
be the next
In the end
of the session the representatives
of 40 NGOs voted for Deputy Chair of the NCCEDI. Deyan Kolev was elected for
this position after competition with Mladen Ivanov and Petar Georgiev.
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Lacho deves Romale!
The Romani Life Society of Australia has organised a Romani exhibit at the North QLD museum to present to the public our Romani history and culture to break down the misconceptions and stereotying that's done to Romanies by the gadje. Also, to show the general public Romani issues like the holocaust and the prejudice and discrimination that Roma face in Europe and all over the world and to get heard here as a culture and to help stop the mystification that is happening here in Australia and elsewhere.
The Anti-stereotyping Romani exhibit in the North Queensland museum portrays the parts Romanies played in local history including jobs they did, things to do with our culture and history, the Romani holocaust, articles, maps, captions and pictures on big boards, our flag and our national athem, Gelem Gelem. Music in Romani chib will be available to listen to plus a glass cabinet displaying Romani ornaments.
Many thanks to Professor Marcel Courthaide for helping with material. Also a thanks to Professor Ian Hancock and Lecturer Ronald Lee for helping with advice and information. A thank you to the museum director, Mr. Sim who made the exhibit possible and put it out there for the public to see and Professor Wegner for developing our display.
Also, I was invited by ABC radio North Queensland to do an interview on Roma Day about the exhibit and our Romani History and culture.
April 08, International Roma Day
April 08, the International Roma Day was set up in 1990 in Warsaw, during the Fourth Roma World Congress. It is celebrated in honor of the first major international meeting of Roma representatives held on April 8, 1971 in London. The international Roma Day is to raise awareness of the culture and traditional values of Roma people.
On April 08th, 2008 the international Roma Day will be celebrated for first time in Brussels. On the occasion the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) together with the office of MEP Katalin Levai is organizing two hours panel discussion to exchange views on the achievements of Roma’s integration so far as well as on the challenges for the improvement of their human rights situation and social inclusion in future.
April 08th, 16:00 to 18:00
European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak, Brussels, room P7C050
16:00 – 16:30 – Opening remarks
- Katalin Levai - Member of the European Parliament - hosting the event - moderator
- Livia Jaroka - Member of the European Parliament
- Ivan Ivanov - Executive Director, ERIO - hosting
- Key Opening Remarks - Commissioner Vladimir Spidla, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
16:30 – 17:15 - Panel discussion
- Claude Moraes – Member of the European Parliament
- Belinda Pyke - European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
- Soraya Post – International Roma Women’s Network
- Alekos Tsolakis – European Economic and Social Committee
17:15 – 18:00 Questions and answers
European Roma Information Office (ERIO) - Av. Edouard Lacomblй 17, Brussels 1040 Belgium - Phone: +32 (0) 2733 34 62 -
Fax : +32 (0) 2733 38 75 - office@... - www.erionet.org
Ande kodo baxtalo des tРµ aven baxtale, zorale tai barvale savore Roma ande sa a luma!
Sa so mangen tume Devlestar te del tumenge o Del tumare manushensa, dadensa, pralenca, shavorensa!
Sar aresljan kodo Des de adesara te aresen les ande but bersh nai mishto, sar ades!
Te trais Ame ando pralipe tai amalipe!
Roma andai Moskva
The road of Roma success throughout history to the present
According to data from conducted surveys more than 12 million Roma live in Europe. Determining the real number of the Roma presents a real problem because in many countries they were not included in censuses. On the other hand, many Roma are hiding their true ethnicity because of political, economic, social and other reasons. The Roma ethnic community is based on the same principles as other ethnic communities in the world. The Roma have their language, their flag and culture just like ethnic majority communities, but unfortunately they do not have their own country. The origin of the Roma has been traced in ancient India for thousands of years. It is assumed that the reasons that made the Roma migrate from India to Europe and the world are constant discrimination, refusal to take part in wars and constant oppression and purges that have been a part of their lives for centuries.
The migration of the Roma had started from Central and Western India through Persia, Armenia, Turkey, and today the Roma are settled throughout the world.
On April 8 1971, the First World Roma Congress took place in London where the Roma flag, anthem and motto were established as recognizable symbols of the Roma. The Roma flag has got three colors, with the blue and the green dominant and divided in two equal halves, whereas in the center of the flag there is a brown cartwheel that symbolizes century-long migration of the Roma. The word Roma is also established at this congress as the term for addressing, and in Romany this word means man.
It is common for every ethnic community to be named after the name of its own country, but given that the Roma do not have their own country, they are identified by the word Roma. All other terms that had been used for addressing the Roma community are not accepted by the Roma. Five committees were assembled during the congress and were assigned to work on the following issues: welfare, education, war crimes, language and culture.
From that day forward the Roma movement has made significant progress that is not presented to the majority population for various reasons, but that does not mean that it meets the needs of this ethnicity.
In the worlds of literature, art, film, music, law and other fields of everyday life, there have been and there are Roma who are dedicated to their profession. In this world of multiculturality, expansion of life values and tendencies toward material and spiritual goods we speak to you all:
Do you know that the actor Yul Brynner has had Roma genes? The origin of this prominent person was not known for a long time. There is information that his mother's mother was Roma and his mother's father a Jew from Russia. But fact is that he was raised among Roma and there he has learned to play the guitar. The Pharaoh of Egypt (one of his successful roles) was also the president of the Roma movement in the USA, an office that functioned until the time of his death.
Renowned Academy Award winner Michael Caine was born as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in Rotherheed, London. It was a tradition in the Roma group that he belonged to, to name the first-born son Maurice.
Jean Baptiste Reinhard - Jango Reinhard is the most famous jazz musician in Europe who played the guitar, the violin and the banjo. One of the most common themes in his music was defined Roma jazz.
Ian Hancock is a famous Roma activist and professor. He graduated from the University of London. He represented the Roma in the United Nations as member of the Holocaust Memorial Council in the USA. He is a linguist, a founder and director of the Roma Archive as well as the Austin Texas Documentation Center, where he has taught as a professor of English, linguistics and Asian studies.
Jose Antonio Reyes Calderon - a football player of Athletico Madrid with an international career is also born in a Roma family in Utrera, near Sevilla. During the course of his career he has played for Arsenal and Real Madrid in matches of the Champions' League, the FA Cup and the Premier League.
Joaquin Cortez is a famous flamenco dancer born in a Roma family in Cordoba, Spain. He had begun his profession as dancer during his formal education and was admitted at the most renowned dancing academy in Madrid. He has succeeded in entering the movie world and a documentary dedicated to him was filmed and shown on European satellite channels. His most famous dance performance is called "My loneliness" and is produced in cooperation with many world famous stars. In 2007 he was named a Roma ambassador in the EU.
In the world of European politics there are two Roma women - members of the European Parliament.
Victoria Mohaczy is a journalist who has graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy. She was born in a Roma family in Budapest, Hungary and is a member of the European Parliament from the political option European Liberal and Democratic Alliance.
Livia Yaroca is a Roma woman from Hungary who has got her Ph. D. in Anthropology and Sociology from London College. She is a member of the European Parliament as a supporter of the Civil Union Party. Her doctoral thesis was "Politics and ethnic identity of the Roma in Hungary"
We will end the list of Roma intellectuals and celebrities with the names of Rudolph-Rudko Kavczinsky - President of the European Roma and Travelers' Forum seated in Strasbourg, and Nicolay George who was the first Roma councilor in the OSCE ODIHR office in Warsaw. They are known as long-time activists, leaders and initiators of the formation of the ERTF and are responsible for the development of the Roma movement in Europe and beyond.
At the moment there are in Macedonia more than 300 Roma students in state and private universities. There are Roma people who have graduated law, philology, pedagogy, philosophy, medicine and economy. There are Roma people with MA and Ph.D. degrees who are still waiting for their first job, but this number does not cover the true needs of the Roma. The Roma do not have enough teachers, doctors, sociologists, politicians, linguists etc. They are professionals who by working in their fields will contribute to the development of the Roma movement in Macedonia and to democratic active participation and inclusion of the Roma in the political and social process.
The first Roma grammar and spelling book is written by the Roma teacher Saip Jusuf from Macedonia. By the creation of grammar, it was acknowledged that the Roma have their language, history and culture.
According to the 2002 census the number of Roma in Macedonia is 53.879, while data from Roma NGO's speak of a number of over 100.000.
If history says that Roma movements from India started in the tenth century A.D. and that the Roma have been European citizens for eleven centuries, then it is a fact that their participation in the social processes is a crucial issue that should not be ignored by all Europeans regardless of their national and religious background. Tolerance and peace have always been traits of the Roma people and as citizens of Europe they deserve equal treatment. There are Roma who can be set as an example for their intellectual capacity, professionalism and contribution to the creation of democracy, tolerance and peace.
There are Roma names that have de facto deserved a place in books on history, language, politics, film, literature etc. Those are of Roma intellectuals whose success in life will be a positive example for motivating new generations to strengthen their identity and culture, but also to initiate a path towards their spiritual, educational and professional uplifting.
Let April 8 be marked in your calendars as The World Roma Day, and let this text initiate in you a vision of your future aims and accomplishments...
We wish you a happy April 8 celebration
The National Roma Center
Author: Sebihana Skenderovska
Pachivale romalen avdies 8 aprili si dies, kana trebel te bangiaras shere na tele.
O Hola Kosta nisar te na avel pale. Te das lachshi duma e gajenca te denamen
drom de jas na ankle te maras amen mamui i diskriminatcia thai mamui o rasizmo.
Te oven bahtale
"Romani Baht", Bulgairia, Sofia
EUROPEAN ROMA INFORMATION OFFICE
European Institutions and Civil Society in Brussels participate in an event marking International Roma Day
Yesterday, April 8th, about hundred participants representing EU institutions and European civil society attended a conference in the European Parliament dedicated to the International Roma Day. The event was organized by the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) with the support of Ms. Katalin Levai, Member of the European Parliament.
The conference aimed to bring together EU officials, Roma people and civil society organizations on the occasion of April 8th, the international Roma day, to discuss and exchange views about Roma's integration and the future challenges for the improvement of their human rights situation and social inclusion.
Commissioner Vladimir Spidla, head of the Directorate for Employment and Social Affairs, said in his key-note speech: "The Roma issue is more and more recognized. Poverty among Roma is deeper than other communities, they should be given better educational and employment opportunities to brake this vicious circle .Social cohesion is necessary for the democracy.April 8th is a symbol of hope ".
Mr. Ivanov Ivanov, the Executive Director of the European Roma Information Office stated "The idea of human rights is not about certain groups, it is about the treatment of individuals. It is increasingly recognized that the situation of the Roma is among the primary human rights issues in Europe, because although human rights are universal, human rights abuses frequently fall disproportionately against certain groups. In the last decade in Europe the exposure to human rights abuse to which Roma are subjected is alarming."
Other speakers like Ms. Belinda Pyke from DG Employment and Social Affairs of the European Commission, Ms. Livia Jaroka, Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Alekos Tsolakis from the European Economic and Social Committee, Claude Moraes Member of the European Parliament and Ms. Soraya Post, Chair of the International Roma Women Network, highlighted the importance of the latest developments at EU level concerning Roma and that it is high time to translate policies into real action.
All participants enjoyed drinks and Roma music after the panel discussions.
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) is an international advocacy organization, which promotes political and public discussion on Roma issues by providing factual and in-dept information on a range of policy issues to the European Union institutions, Roma civil organizations, governmental authorities and intergovernmental bodies.
The ERIO cooperates with a network of a large number of organizations and acts to combat racial discrimination and social exclusion through awareness raising, lobbying and policy development.
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For more information:
Deyan Kolev was elected a
Deputy-Chair of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Demographic
Deyan Kolev was
elected a Deputy-Chair of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and
Demographic Issues from the quota of the non-governmental organizations. This
happened at the regular meeting of the Council which took place on April
4th and was preceded by a meeting of the Roma Integration Committee
at the Council. In both meetings Deyan Kolev received the highest number of
votes followed by Mladen Ivanov (Gypsy Europe), Peter Georgiev (Confederation of Roma
“Europe”) and Nikolay
Kirilov (Roma – Lom).
his program Deyan Kolev
appealed for significant
changes in the work
of the National Council
that would guaranteethe
real participation of the
organizations in the
improving the work of the Council and making it
more operational and more active in participating in the policy making process
concerning minorities. He insisted that the position of the NGO Deputy-Chair of
the Council should be preserved non-political and should not be used for
political, business or other ambitions.
is a success for
the non-governmental organizations
who have defended the cause
of the active
participation during the
last year. It
is an indicator for
a serious change among
Roma NGOs and in
thecivil society in
general.” – Deyan
Kolev shared. He
thanked the other candidates
for the inspiring
competition anddeclared his
will for mutual
the quota of the
organizations is elected
from the NGOs members
of theCouncil. In 2007 this position was won by
Emil Kalo (“Shalom” organization).
The responsibilities of
the Deputy-Chairare only
mentioned in the regulations
of the NCCEDI. They will be regulated in details
in an order by the Chair of the Council Vice-Minister Emel Etem. According to the
order the NGO Deputy-Chair will participate
in the elaboration of
thenew version of
the Framework program for
equal integration of
Roma, in the
elaboration of the new
regulations of theCouncil
and so on.
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Much remains to be done for Roma in Bulgaria, says US ambassador
11:02 Tue 08 Apr 2008 - Clive Leviev-Sawyer
US ambassador John Beyrle, in a statement to mark the International Day of the Roma on April 8, said that there were many advocates for progress against the problems faced by Roma in Bulgaria, but “much work remains to be done”.
The International Day of the Roma was declared in 1990 at the World Romani Congress of the International Romani Union. There are about 15 million Roma worldwide. In Bulgaria, Roma people are the second largest minority and third largest ethnic group. According to the 2001 census, there were 370 908 Roma in Bulgaria, equivalent to 4.7 per cent of the country's total population. Unofficial estimates put the figure much higher.
Beyrle said that he wanted to honour “the many Roma entrepreneurs, educators, and activists who continue to make valuable contributions to American and Bulgarian societies”.
However, while celebrating the cultural achievements and positive contributions of Roma, the continued problems that Roma face today should be acknowledged, Beyrle said.
“Romani individuals and communities in many countries frequently face violence, police brutality and discrimination in education, employment and housing. In Bulgaria, there are many advocates for progress and we applaud them, but much work remains to be done.
“We understand from our own experience that peaceful and prosperous relations in a religiously and ethnically diverse society require continued investment and commitment. As a nation, we challenge ourselves every day to find new ways to address the economic and educational gaps in our society,” Beyrle said.
In Bulgaria, the US was proud to support local grassroots and civil society efforts to promote improved education, economic integration, and political engagement of all sectors of Bulgarian's society, particularly the Roma population, he said.
A statement by the office of Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev said that he was due to meet Roma organisation representatives on April 8 to mark the day.
From Brussels, the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) said in a statement: “On this day we unite with Roma communities around the world in celebrating the Roma culture and remembering the long fight of Roma for their recognition”.
ERIO said that the history of European Roma was not only that of their fight against racism and social exclusion.
“It is also a history of the development and consolidation of a non-territorial nation in Europe. Over the centuries, Roma language, tradition and culture have not only become a part but have enriched the European culture. Here, the resistance of Roma against the Nazi and other authoritarian regimes as contribution to the development and consolidation of peace and democracy in the European Union should be acknowledged.”
It said that an acknowledgment of Roma contribution to the construction of a more democratic Europe was the January 31 2008 resolution by the European Parliament calling on the European Commission to shape a Community Action Plan on Roma Inclusion.
“This would be a big step towards Roma inclusion. In 2008, declared by the European Commission as ‘European Year of the Intercultural Dialogue – 2008’, the realisation of equal opportunities remains the goal for the largest parts of Roma,” ERIO said.
“Given the extreme patterns of social exclusion and discrimination faced by Roma, they are not equal partners in such societal dialogue. This remains the main challenge for European institutions and especially for national governments.
“Nevertheless, ERIO believes that effective inclusion policies can be successful only with the full participation of Roma themselves whose fight for recognition and equality should be recognised on this International Roma Day.”
Nashiat po-razlichen 8 april
Tazi godina reshihme, che niama da pravim koncerti - reshihme da napravim neshto razlichno... da provokirame hora, da otvoriat syrcata si, da izleiat ot tiah nasybralite se predrazsydyci, nedomplyvki i nedovolstvo, za da se osvobodi tam miasto za nasheto poslanie... Reshihme da napravim informacionna kampaniia... v centyra na Tyrnovo. Kakto kazah reshihme da provokirame... Mladezhite (bylgari i romi) obliakoha shareni romski nosii i entusiazirano se vpusnaha da narushat sivoto zabyrzano ezhednevie na tyrnovskite grazhdani... Vijte go na www.amalipe.com. Obestavam vi che e interesno :)
Our different 8th of April
This year we decided that we would not make concerts - we've decided instead to make something different... to provoke people, to open their hearts, to pour out of their all the prejudices, all the un-said words and the disagreements - to make some space for our message... We've decided to make an information campaign... in the center of Veliko Turnovo. As I said we decided to provoke... Our youth (Roma and non-Roma) dressed the colorfull Roma dresses and enthusiastically dashed to break the grey everyday of Veliko Turnovo citizens...Look how it happened at http://www.amalipe.com/en/?nav=news&id=50
We promise it's worth seeing :)
Do you know any bright young Roma women who want to help change the world for the better? This is a great opportunity for them to participate in an international network of like-minded young women.
See the Global Summer Leadership website: www.gslnet.org
and then contact Ann Marie Almeida directly. I believe there are one or two full scholarships still available for this summer's 6-week Leadership Training program at Manhattanville College in New York. Several Roma Romanian women have taken advantage of this powerful program in past summers.
Pass it on,
Asociatia Ovidiu Rom
Asociatia Ovidiu ROm
Strada dr. Raureanu, nr. 4
(4) 0723 222 552
The Alex fund
924 West End Avenue, suite 25,
New York, NY 10025
President Berman is willing to discuss additional support in order for Roma girls to partcipate in GSL NY; and I would appreciate any help you might offer
me in this regard.
Ann Marie Almeida
Global Student Leadership
Manhanttanville College, Purchase, NY
please find attached the Amalipe newsletter 3/2008
In this issue you can
Session of the Council for Roma integration in the MLSP
Center Amalipe will participate in the election of observer for the
Monitoring Committee of NSRF
NDI in Bulgaria: Left
Courses in preparation for matriculation and candidate-students exams
for youth from minorities
The structural funds and the educational integration
KHERE (AT HOME)
The new rebellion of Batak
Center Amalipe project for intercultural education is approved under
the Human Resources Operational Program
A meeting of Romani women in Veliko Tarnovo
Center Amalipe organized a youth seminar
We present to you: ‘St. St. Cyril and Methodius’ Stralja secondary
A bachelor’s wedding in Kamen
the newsletter is also available at www.amalipe.com
Center Amalipe - Bulgaria
5000 Veliko Turnovo, p.o.box 113
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Eto I noviat broj na
buletina na Center Amalipe. V nego mojete da namerite informatsia
# Provede se
pyrvoto zasedanie na Syveta za integraciia na romite kym MTSP
# Centyr Amalipe
shte uchastva v izbora na nabliudatel v Komiteta za nabliudenie po
# NDI v
Bylgariia: Ostaveni sledi
podgotovka za matura i kandidat-studentski izpiti za mladezhi ot etnicheskite
AKCENT NA BROIa:
fondove i obrazovatelnata integraciia – Odobrenite obrazovatelni proekti kym OP
RChR: fakti i komentar
KHERE ( U DOMA)
# Piianstvoto na
edin narod ili novoto vystanie na Batak
# Proekt za
interkulturno obrazovanie na Centyr Amalipe e odobren po OP RChR
# Sreshta na
romski zheni vyv Velikotyrnovsko
seminar na Centyr Amalipe
OU „Sv. sv. Kiril i Metodij”, Straldzha
ShARENA ChERGA– #
# Проведе се първото заседание на Съвета за интеграция на ромите към МТСП
Център Амалипе ще участва в избора на наблюдател в Комитета за наблюдение по
НДИ в България: Оставени
подготовка за матура и кандидат-студентски
изпити за младежи от етническите малцинства
фондове и образователната интеграция – Одобрените образователни проекти към ОП
РЧР: факти и коментар
KHERE ( У ДОМА)
# Пиянството на един народ
или новото въстание на Батак
за интеркултурно образование на Център Амалипе е одобрен по ОП
на ромски жени във Великотърновско
семинар на Център Амалипе
Ви: ОУ „Св. св. Кирил и Методий”, Стралджа
Center Amalipe - Bulgaria
5000 Veliko Turnovo, p.o.box 113
00359 62 600 224;
tel: 00359 888 681 134
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Kosovaki Konstitucija: Romano Them na isile shukar gendipa palo polache kondicije e Romane komunitetske
14 April 2008 - Kosovaki konstitucija koja isine adoptirimi kotar e Kosovako Parlamenti ano kurko kay nakla, na lela ando peste o gendipa kova isine dendo kotar e koaliciya e Romane Birayikane Organizaciyengo, Romano Them phenela. Palo gendipa akale indipendentno interneteski paltforma, Romano Them, akava na shukar gendipa majbut panglo e gendoa pali politikuini participaciya thay chivdipe ko publikuno bukyaripe, thay majdur chibayake hakaya.
Ano planirime zorea dende repatriyaciye e Kosovake Romenge, Romano Them majbut na isile shukar gendipa palo artiklo, kova dela regulaciya e rashtraipaske-drzavljanstvo, kova achilo bipromimo. Gojaya dendi data palo legalno beshipaske ki Kosova - 1 Januari 1998 bersh, sar kondicya kay shay te aplicirinelpe Kosovake rashtraipaske, dela zor thay penaliziruynela sa odole Romen kola mukle e Kosova ano 1980 thay 1990 bersh. Lenge zorea dende irinipa, but kolay shay te oven birashtrako manusha ano piri phuv, Romano Them phenela.
Romano Them akharela e manushen kola reprezentuynena Mashkarthemutne Organizaciye, maybut e Evropako Konzili thay OSCE, ano vrama koya achili anglo Konstituciyako pherdo zoralipe kova dendo sar 15 Juni, te kerel majdur advokaciya palo promipa, jeke gendoa kay te ovel suguripe kay o Roma isilen garanciya palo pere hakaya.
We are contacting you on behalf of the Department of Public Policy at Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Please be informed that we are offering a scholarship for a Roma student in the 2008-2009 academic year, and have extended the deadline of applications.
The Department of Public Policy at CEU is committed to provide a better graduate training of civil servants and policy experts in the region and beyond. The curriculum of the one-year Master of Arts Program in Public Policy connects critical thinking with problem solving dynamics and policy practice.
Students may opt for one or more of four streams of specialization: Decentralized governance stream; International public policy stream; Media, information and communications policy stream, and Higher education policy and management stream.
The department offers the Deborah Harding scholarship for one Roma student in any stream in the 2008-2009 academic year.
The scholarship will cover the full CEU tuition fees and include a stipend for living expenses, and Roma of any citizenship are eligible to apply. In addition to submitting the regular CEU and DPP admissions documents, candidates must provide a covering letter indicating their eligibility for this scholarship. In addition, a statement of motivation is required outlining what experiences and knowledge the candidates have gained in the field of public policy related to their Roma identity, and how they would use the opportunity of studying at the DPP to reaffirm their identity and promote the interests of the Roma.
Deadline for applicants who submit a complete application file, including language test scores: June 16, 2008.
For more information please consult our website at http://www.ceu.hu/dpp
, and do not hesitate to contact me for assistance during the admissions process via email at griecsk@...
or via telephone on 36-1-328-3451.
Central European University
Department of Public Policy
Postal address: 1051 Budapest, Nador u. 9., Hungary
Phone: 36 1 328 3451
Fax: 36 1 328 3450
EU MONITORING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM
OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE
15 APRIL 2008
EUMAP ONLINE JOURNAL: Four new papers on East-West Migration in the EU
EUMAP invited authors to analyse the impact and background of intra-EU mobility and migration, both in the countries of destination and the countries of origin. It is pleased to now present a first set of four papers by independent contributors.
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ACROSS FADING BORDERS: THE CHALLENGES OF EAST-WEST MIGRATION IN THE EU
The accession to the EU of 10 new Member States in 2004 and Bulgaria and Romania in 2007 confronted the 'old' Member States with the question whether they should open their labour markets to citizens from the new Member States, and these citizens with the question of whether to take the opportunity and establish a new life abroad. Since then, a debate has erupted about the impact of East-West migration, and the fate of the immigrants themselves.
The British Office for National Statistics dubbed the influx "the largest single wave of foreign in-movement ever experienced by the UK", and media and research reports have portrayed hardworking employees and grateful employers. But reports have also called attention to exploited migrants, overwhelmed schools and institutions, and a far right eager to capitalise on resentment against the newcomers.
The economies of the countries of origin benefit from the money sent home by those who left, and indirectly from the new skills of returning migrants. But they also suffer from the outflow of qualified professionals. In the meantime, some of the new Member States are now grappling themselves with a new status as immigration countries.
EUMAP invited authors to reflect on the impact and background of intra-EU migration, and it will publish two rounds of papers on the subject. Four papers are online now, while a second set of papers providing further case studies on the impact of migration will appear in May. Find them at http://www.eumap.org/journal/features/2008/fading_borders
EAST-WEST TRANSITIONS: The Challenges and Opportunities for East-European Emigrants and West-European Societies
Four new eumap.org Features:
All New Migration Debates Commence in Rome: New Developments in the Securitization of Migration in the EU
By Irina Angelescu
"The heated debate that erupted in the Italian media and political arena following the murder of an Italian national by a Romanian immigrant, and the decree adopted by the Italian government in its wake, became the catalyst for a wider discussion on intra-European migration. Far from encouraging social cohesion, the integration of migrants and good relations between EU member states, the measures adopted by the Italian government led to a temporary deterioration in all those fields."
'At Least They Are the Right Colour': East to West Migration in Europe, Seen from the Perspective of the British Press
By Pavla Cekalova
"To see the East to West migration process from the perspective of the British press reveals how choices made by the media in their reporting can reinforce xenophobia, racism and prejudices. Reporting, however, can also counter prejudices and fears and emphasize the benefits the newcomers have yielded for the country. This article presents some of the most common perspectives that dominated in the British press regarding the Central and Eastern European newcomers."
Germany Restricted the Freedom of Movement for Polish Citizens - but Does It Matter?
By Simon Fellmer
"During the EU accession negotiations with Poland, Germany insisted on being allowed to restrict the access to its labour market. At the same time, however, experts observed with alarm that Germany was starting to run out of doctors. This article describes the legal possibilities for Polish doctors to migrate to Germany before and after Accession; but it also examines what most influenced their decision to emigrate. The nature of migration laws is not the most influential factor."
From Learners to Teachers: Human Capital Accumulation among the Romanian Migrant Workers in the UK
By Sоnziana-Elena Poianг
"Romanian immigrants in the UK face a range of challenges, educational, career-wise and cultural. Employing data collected through ethnographic interviews and participative observation, I will illustrate the concern for human capital accumulation that Romanian migrants who arrived before 2007 have shown, as they have worked to establish themselves in new jobs in a new country. When remitted, this capital can have a significant positive impact in the long term on Romania's future development."
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EU MONITORING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM
OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE
17 APRIL 2008
The Open Society Institute launches new resources on media policy in Europe:
* NEW MONITORING REPORTS -- TELEVISION ACROSS EUROPE: FOLLOW-UP REPORTS 2008
* NEW WEBSITE -- MEDIAPOLICY.ORG
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NEW MONITORING REPORTS -- TELEVISION ACROSS EUROPE: FOLLOW-UP REPORTS
New monitoring reports on television regulations and practice are
available as of today. The reports cover four countries: Albania,
Bulgaria, Lithuania and Romania. Reports on five additional countries,
as well as an overview, will be published in the coming months. All
reports will be translated into local languages.
The reports released today are a follow up to a series of monitoring
reports on "Television across Europe: Regulation, Policy and
Independence", published in 2005. Unprecedented in its range and
practicality, this series surveyed broadcasting in 20 European
countries, measuring the reality against national and international
commitments and standards. The 2008 follow-up reports review the
situation in nine of the original twenty countries, where developments
are notably dynamic or turbulent.
The reports reveal that EU membership has not prevented a revival of
political influence over broadcasting. Ownership concentration, too,
The reports are available at http://www.mediapolicy.org .
NEW WEBSITE -- MEDIAPOLICY.ORG
Mediapolicy.org is a new website dedicated to monitoring and debating
issues of broadcasting policy, regulation and independence in Europe and
beyond. It is intended as a resource for media professionals, activists,
academics and all others interested in broadcasting policy. The website
will highlight the developments in an area constantly expanding with the
advance of new technologies and the ever-closer convergence of
platforms, providers and owners.
In addition to the original Television across Europe reports and the
2008 follow-up reports, the website includes material on other related
projects, as well as details of a major new research project on the
impact of digitalisation on European broadcasting.
Over time, mediapolicy.org will develop into an online journal that will
cover broadcasting policy and standards from various angles, not just in
Europe but in other regions of the world as well. In keeping with the
Open Society Institute's values and practice, mediapolicy.org will
advocate the adoption and full implementation of internationally
recognised standards of human rights and professional ethics.
Both the new reports and the new website launched today are produced by
the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) of the Open Society
Institute and the Network Media Program of the Open Society Foundation.
BE IN TOUCH: FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information on the reports, contact Marius Dragomir, Project
manager (Marius.Dragomir@...) or Miriam Anati, EUMAP Advocacy
manager (manati@...). For more information about the website,
contact Mark Thompson, Managing editor (Mark.Thompson@...).
EUMAP, the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program of the Open Society Institute, monitors the development of selected human rights and rule of law issues in the European Union, its candidate and potential countries. To find out more about the Program view: http://www.eumap.org/about.
eumap.org presents the monitoring done by EUMAP, both past and present, and provides selected resources, news, and analyses about human rights and the rule of law in Europe.
European Commission DG Education and Culture - Erasmus Mundus
Application deadline: May 15, 2008
Erasmus Mundus is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education. It promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world. The programme supports European top quality Masters Courses and enhances the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education in third countries. It also provides EU-funded scholarships for third-country nationals participating in these Masters Courses, as well as scholarships for EU-nationals studying in third countries.
The proposed duration of the programme is five years, 2004-2008 with a budget of EUR 230 million. The planned budget for 2008/2009 is EUR 88,9 million.
ACTION 4 - Enhancing attractiveness
Erasmus Mundus will support measures aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of and the interest in European higher education. It will support activities that will improve the profile, the visibility and the accessibility of European higher education. Equally, it will support issues crucial to the internationalisation of higher education, such as the mutual recognition of qualifications with third countries.
Participation is open to institutions from all over the world.
The programme will also offer teaching or research scholarships in Europe for in-coming third-country academics and for a certain number of outgoing EU scholars.
The countries eligible to participate are: the 27 EU Member States; the candidate countries for the accession to the EU - Croatia, Former Republic of Macedonia and Turkey; the countries of the European Free Trade Association/European Economic Area - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway; all the other countries of the world -Third countries.
Eligible participants are:
- Higher education institutions
- Other public or private bodies active in the field of higher education.
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