Generation of Change

16 December 2015

 Under the title “Generation of Change”, the event gathered representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, World Bank, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights along with ERGO Network members gathered for their annual meeting.

The meeting presented a format of open dialogue, where the audience was encouraged to ask questions to invited speakers, Soraya Post and Péter Niedermüller – Members of the European Parliament – foremost among them.

They spoke of anti-Gypsyism and school segregation remains strong obstacles to equality of opportunities that still need to be challenged by all Roma and non-Roma. Key in the dialogue of young Roma activists, speaking: Karolina Mirga, Chair of the ternYpe International Youth Network, Ivanka Conkova a well-known activist for Roma rights from the Czech Republic and Atanas Stoyanov from Bulgaria, a young potential in the Roma movement.

They raised the issues of Roma Genocide Remembrance, fighting anti-Gypsyism and active Roma youth participation in political and administrative life. Stefan De Keersmaecker, of the European Commission, ensured the participants that the European Union has a strong commitment towards Roma in Europe and that 1.5 billion euro will be specifically allocated for Roma in the 2014-2020 programming period.

Mr Jan Jarab from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded the event with bringing more focus on the effective inclusion of Roma in all spheres of economic and social life.
After the breakfast debate, ERGO Network presented concrete examples in a number of key areas for equality of opportunity in its Knowledge Fair. In the afternoon participants explored two particular angles of the debate in more depth, during parallel expert workshops.

An good impression of the event was published on the Social Platform blog

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