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ERIO news and activities

* ERIO met with partners of KeyRoma project
On 14-15 March 2013, ERIO met with other partners from the ERNE project in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the progress of the project. The ERNE project is funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme and it is implemented in four countries (Croatia, Italy, Romania, Austria) over a two year period (December 2012 - November 2014). The project aims at contributing to the implementation of the National Roma Inclusion Strategies and aims to maximise chances of success for Roma integration. This will be done through an exchange of experiences and of best practices via a network. The purpose of this network is the analysis of good practices which have been submitted by project partners. These good practices will concentrate on the four most important educational areas: pre-school, school, higher and vocational education.
* ERIO met with partners of KeyRoma project
On 14-15 March, ERIO met with other partners from the KeyRoma project in Timisoara, Romania. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the progress of the project. The project aims at developing Roma women’s skills and competences in order to increase their participation in the service sector and this by developing a training module in close cooperation with the key players of this project: Roma women themselves.
The next phase of the project is the implementation of the pilot experience where Roma women will participate and evaluate the learning modules they helped to develop. The pilot training experience will be implemented in six countries: Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria and Belgium.
Some of the project results already available are:
Newsletter 1
Newsletter 2
Survey on Roma Women State of the Art on Their Abilities and Social Skills
Handbook on Service Sector Labour Market Requirements
You can join here our Online Community of Practice to discuss issues related to adult education and socio-economic integration of Roma women with other experts.
* ERIO joined the European Year of Citizens Alliance
We are a new member of the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA). The EYCA aims to mobilise a widespread engagement from civil society during the 2013 European Year of Citizens and to foster debates on issues relevant to Roma such as the exercise of European citizens’ rights and to promote citizens’ active participation in the EU.
We are looking forward to a fruitful and constructive cooperation!

You can find out more about the EYCA here: http://www.ey2013-alliance.eu
* ERIO at the workshop of the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network
On March 14 ERIO attended the opening dinner of a training program for young elected minority officials in Europe and the U.S.A. Next day ERIO representative joined the session of the young political leaders. The Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN) is a political leadership workshop for young diverse leaders from Europe and the United States currently serving as elected officials. Supported by the German Marshall Fund (GMF), Open Society Foundation and U.S. State Department in cooperation with the U.S. Helsinki Commission, where 25 participants  received public service training, attended the German Marshall Fund Brussels Forum, and participated in mentoring and other events with Members of Congress and the European Parliament hosted by the Transatlantic Minority Political Leadership Conference. The training is transatlantic in its vision and draws on both European and U.S. experiences.
* Join our International Romani Network!
The ROM-UP! project has created an International Romani Network (IRN) to raise awareness of the successful educational experiences effective in the inclusion of Roma children. Anyone interested in this topic can join the network. We particularly welcome the contributions of grass roots Roma, Roma activists, teachers and other educational actors, politicians, researchers, Roma organisations and European, national, regional and local authorities.

If you would like to join the network please complete the online registration form here. Once registered you will receive an email giving you more information about how to contribute to the debate on the network’s forum (on both the project and ways to improve the educational inclusion of Roma in Europe). The forum will be moderated and only comments relevant to the goals of ROM-UP! will be published.

To find out more about the network and to sign up please visit the website: http://www.rom-up.eu./romani-network.htm

OTHER news

* Closing Conference of the Roma Pilot Project
United Nations Development Programme BRC in collaboration with European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy and the World Bank organized the conference "From pilots to outcomes", which focused on evidence-based lessons on the socio-economic inclusion for Roma communities. The conference took place on 15 March 2013 simultaneously in Moldava nad Bodvou, Slovakia and in Brussels, Belgium. Both sites were linked by a video bridge and by the topic of Roma inclusion.The conference presented the results of the three-year pilot project decided by the European Parliament targeting Roma socio-economic inclusion and implemented in the fields of early-childhood education and care, self-employment through microcredits, information and awareness raising, data collection and monitoring and evaluation tools in five European Union Member States and Macedonia.  Recommendations in the fields of education, employment, housing, health, civil society, migration and gender equality were debated with representatives of the European Union main institutions, international organizations, researchers and experts, Roma representatives and the inhabitants of a Roma settlement at Moldava nad Bodvou. A final session was dedicated to the role of the structural funds in the implementation of the national Roma integration strategies, based on the experience derived from the structural funds programming period 2007-2013.
Photo Album: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151355095572012.1073741860.613437011
* Bulgarian Presidential Employee Reprimanded over Racial Slur
19/03/2013 - The employee responsible for the racial slur that appeared on Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev's official website last year has been merely reprimanded, it was made clear on Tuesday. The President's website stirred outrage in July 2012, when it turned out that a file containing Bulgaria's National Roma Integration Strategy (2012-2020) was entitled NationalStrategyIntegrateMangali.pdf. "Mangali" is a derogatory term for Roma people, which translates approximately as "Gyppos."

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* Bulgarian man shoots dead three Romani people before committing suicide
 Sofia, 19/03/2013 - On Monday evening in Sofia a man of Bulgarian nationality allegedly shot dead three members of a Romani family who were his neighbors before committing suicide. Media reports say the tragedy took place in a part of the capital predominantly inhabited by Romani residents.

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* French Interior Minister: Romani integration not succeeding
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls (Socialist Party) said today that Romani people coming to France from other EU states evidently do not want to integrate. In his view, the government's efforts to facilitate housing and work for Romani immigrants have met with a lack of interest.
The government says its experience with so-called "integration villages" has shown that the vast majority of Romani campsite occupants do not want to integrate in France, either for cultural reasons or because they are in the hands of Romani networks that force them to beg or run prostitution rings. The minister wants to continue closing Romani campsites established in the vicinity of impoverished neighborhoods.

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* Czech Republic: The President’s visit to Ostrava should send a strong signal against discrimination of Roma
15 March 2013 - The new President of the Czech Republic is visiting the city of Ostrava today. In Ostrava and the Czech Republic at large, Roma are experiencing widespread discrimination in access to adequate housing, education, healthcare and protection from violence and harassment. In his inaugural speech the new President declared that far-right groups known for organizing anti-Roma marches are one of the three key problems of Czech Republic. Amnesty International appreciates the President’s recognition of the problem of racially-motivated violence and hopes that he will become a strong voice against systemic discrimination of Roma in Czech Republic.

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* The influence of prejudices and stereotypes on the integration of students from disadvantaged ethnic minorities
Teachers from 15 schools from northeastern Bulgaria discussed the influence of prejudices and stereotypes on the integration of students from disadvantaged ethnic minorities. On 1-2 March in Razgrad 30 school principals and teachers and 10 Roma - specialists with university education in various fields participated in the seminar "Get to know your students and their Roma community."

More for the research findings and workshop you can find at: www.integrobg.org
* FRA clip addressed to the  Fundamental Rights Platform
FRA is pleased to share with you the FRP clip, which will help to further spread the awareness about the FRP across European citizens! The FRP video clip was produced by the FRA video task force and it illustrates the cooperation between Civil Society and the Agency. In order to enhance our visibility, please forward the link below to anybody who might be interested in getting to know more about our work, including our stakeholders and colleagues from other organisations.

Read more here or on Youtube here


* International UNITED Conference "Rethinking Diversity - Challenges for equality in Europe and new responses" in Lithuania (LT), 26-31 May 2013

All information and the e-nomination form can be found on the UNITED website

If your organisation is interested to nominate a representative, please return the expression of interest form as soon as possible (deadline 3 April 2013), preferably by email to lithuania@unitedagainstracism.org
* The Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies - 12-14.09.2013, Glasgow, Scotland
Registration for the 2013 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting is now open. Papers on any aspect of Gypsy/Romani Studies are most welcome. Please send abstracts via e-mail attachment (maximum 500 words) to the program chair, Dr Colin Clark, c.r.clark@strath.ac.uk. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), address, daytime telephone and e-mail address. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31, 2013 and you will be notified if your paper has been accepted by June 30th, 2013. Please address all conference inquiries to Dr Colin Clark, at the address below, or call 07826068961 or e-mail c.r.clark@strath.ac.uk.
ODIHR Annual Report on Hate Crime
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is now preparing the 2012 annual report on hate crimes. The report provides an overview of data collected on hate crimes, and of responses to hate crimes. It will be launched on 15 November, 2013 the day before International Tolerance Day.

As in previous years, ODIHR encourages submissions from non-governmental organizations and has compiled information to assist NGOs. Information should be sent to tndinfo@odihr.pl no later than 5 April 2013 indicating in the subject line "HCR 2012 (NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION)". For more information about ODIHR and hate crime visit http://tandis.odihr.pl.

More information can be found here.
Sample format for collecting information on Hate Crimes can be found here.
*  World Premiere of the Documentary “BROKEN SILENCE” - Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 12:30 Theater aan het Spui in The Hague (Spui 187).

The film has been selected for the International Movies that Matter Film Festival in The Hague and will be screened with English subtitles.
To register, reply this mail, or mail to: info@solfilmprodukties.nl
Raoul the Zwart, producer and Bob Entrop, director
* European Commission multimedia competition “Migrants in Europe”
The European Commission is organising a multimedia competition titled “Migrants in Europe”. The deadline for entries in the competition is 21 June 2013. The objective of the competition is to sensitise young communication professionals and the media to a more balanced view of migration and immigrants.
Works can be submitted in three categories; poster, photo and video.
Students attending arts, graphic, communication and journalism schools in all of EU and Croatia can participate. The schools are to submit their students’ creations.  The prize is 10.000€ for each of the three categories plus one public prize.

Find out more here.
* Visegrad Summer School - call for applications
Visegrad Summer School will be held from 30 June to 13 July 2013. Call for applications is open from 1 March 2013. Each candidate should register and provide an on-line application form. Deadline for submitting applications: 31 March 2013.

Find out more here.
* Call for Applications for admission to the Roma Graduate Preparation Program 2013-2014
Call for Applications for admission to the Roma Graduate Preparation Program 2013-2014 academic year, a full scholarship opportunity for Roma students. The program will run during the 2013-2014 academic year at Central European University, a major post-graduate, English language university located in Budapest, Hungary. The application deadline is 2nd of May, 2013. For questions, please contact Georgeta Munteanu, Program Manager, munteanug@ceu.hu, tel: +361327/3000, extension 2094

Find out more here.
* Vacancy: Evaluation Consultant, Best Practices for Roma Integration (BPRI) Project
OSCE - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Warsaw, Poland)

Find out more here.
* Vacancy: Evaluation Team Leader, Best Practices for Roma Integration (BPRI) Project
OSCE - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Warsaw, Poland)

Find out more here.
* Vacancy: Network Coordinator, The European Network of Migrant Women (Brussels)
The European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) is recruiting a Network Coordinator who will be hosted by the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels.

Find out more here.
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