Conference: "Through Integration and Social Inclusion to Active Citizenship"
From January 29-30,
the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) organised and led "Through
Integration and Social Inclusion to Active Citizenship," a conference aimed to
raise awareness of Roma related policy issues and to engage in positive changes
and positive practices. This
conference is supported by the Commission's Education and Culture Executive
Agency in the framework for its "
This conference was
attended by 90 participants who actively discussed the need for cooperation for
social inclusion of the Roma as well as the short comings in current European
policies regarding their basic rights and anti-discrimination. Some of the key speakers were: Mr. Jan
Jarab, Member of the Cabinet Commissioner Spidla; Joachim Ott, DG ESA; Virag
Sandor, DG ESA; Alekos Tsolakis, EESC; Livia Jaroka, MEP; Victoria Mohasci, MEP;
Andrezej Mirga, Senior Advisor on Roma and Sinti at OSCE; Bernard Rorke,
Director Roma Programs OSI; Pascale Charon, Director ERRC Budapest; Haaron Saad,
Director ERAN; Fintan Farrel, President of Social Platform Brussels. The event
was attended by governmental representatives and those from Roma organisations
and NGOs dealing with Roma issues from various European countries.
The conference achieved its goal towards
enlightening participants on EU policies concerning Roma social inclusion and
the continuing fight of discrimination against Roma in
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.
European Roma Information Office
Av. Edouard Lacomble 17, Brussels 1040, Brussels
Phone: +32-2733-34-62; Fax: +32-2733-38-75