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* ERIO's new project: SMILE (Supporting Motivations to Intervene on Learning and Experience)

ERIO is a partner in the SMILE project funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. The project is implemented in five European countries (Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, and Belgium). The aim of this project is to fight against an early drop out of Roma students by addressing this problem with a prosocial approach and ideas of shared responsibility and solidarity between communities. Specific objectives of the project are to:

- Increase the sensibility about the drop out of Roma children

- Create a more suitable learning environment for Roma children (both conceptual and physical)

- improve the sensibility about the health of the Roma communities

- Reduce the reciprocal prejudice

OTHER news

* Citizens of Bulgaria and Romania can now work EU-wide, London fears influx of Roma

Athens/Brussels, 2.1.2014 - The European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) welcomes the new impetus given by the European Commission to the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies by submitting, together with its annual progress report, a proposal for an EU legal instrument for Roma inclusion: a Council recommendation to be voted by the Council of Ministers and adopted by Member States.
ERPC agrees with the European Commission that the National Roma Integration Strategies are far from making a positive change in Roma’s daily lives, a European population suffering from high levels of discrimination and poverty. Commissioners Reding and Andor emphasized at the EU Roma Platform the need to send a wake-up call to EU Member States and make them reiterate their commitment to stop excluding Roma from society.
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* Germany: Bavarian CSU continues crusade against immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania

By bau, iDNES.cz, rozhlas.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

A prickly debate is continuing in Germany about immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. As of the start of this month, citizens of those countries have unimpeded access to the EU labor market.

The new German cabinet was scheduled to review the situation during a crisis session on 8 January. Despite her recent ski injury, Chancellor Angela Merkel was slated to personally run the meeting.  

There are no forays of Bulgarians or Romanians into Germany underway. Nevertheless, the Bavarian branch of the Christian Social Union (CSU) is continuing its rhetoric on the issue.

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* The Plight of the Roma: Europe's Unwanted People

January 07, 2014  -  More than 10 million Roma live in Europe. Tens of thousands of them are fleeing westwards from poverty and discrimination in the countries of southeastern Europe. But EU member states are failing to help them.

The cupboard door sails out of an upper floor window and lands on a heap of rubbish on a lawn in the Duisburg suburb of Rheinhausen. Half a dozen men in thick jackets and woolen hats stand just two meters (six feet) away. The door could have injured someone but Marian, Nico and the others don't move a muscle. "They're renovating," says Marian. The men laugh. "There are no problems."

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* UNHCHR  Colloquium on Roma segregated housing  – Madrid, Spain, 16-17 January 2014
Policy-making Colloquium on ways to address human rights challenges faced by socially excluded Roma living in segregated housing.
The Colloquium represents the second item in a potential series of policy-making events organized by the Regional Office for Europe (further “ROE”) of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR”), which is currently leading the United Nations’ Roma Regional Working Group. General aims of the series of Roma-focused policy colloquia are Strengthening the human rights dimension in Roma-related policies  and Enabling more open and constructive dialogue on policy choices.

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* Romani studies - Grants for Early Career Researchers

The revised Call for Application is published for the 2013-2015 period.

Members of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies are invited to submit an application for partial funding in order to attend relevant scientific events. Based on competitive applications received, small grants will be awarded; the maximum amount awarded is 500 euro. The aim of this grant scheme is to increase overall visibility of scientific research related to the European Roma and to encourage the attendance at scientific events (conferences, seminars, workshops, summer schools and internship periods) by early career scholars.

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