5 April 2016





PRESS RELEASE - 4 April 2016

Open Air Breakfast – young Roma activists meet EU decision makers

On 6 April, 75 young Roma activists invite you to join a Public Breakfast with MEPs, European Commission and the incoming Slovak EU Presidency on the European Parliament Esplanade.  Anticipating the 45th celebration of International Roma Day on 8 April, the event challenges stereotypes of Roma and highlights the need for action to fulfil the EP’s 2015 landmark resolution on the fight against antigypsyism.

The open air breakfast is organised by the European Roma Grasroots Organisations (ERGO) Network, in cooperation with Phiren Amenca International Roma Youth Network, ternYpe Roma Youth Network and Foyer vzw. Young Roma activists from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Slovakia, Romania, Spain and Sweden express their aspiration to be the Generation of Change in up to 10 parallel breakfast table conversations with decision makers.

                   9.00 - 9.10       Official opening of “Roma Youth Week” by Tiina Astola, Director-General DG Justice

                  9.10 - 9.15       Photo session with Director-General, MEPs, young Roma and guests

                 9.15 - 10.00     Breakfast conversations with Director-General Astola, MEPs, Peter Pollak (Slovak Plenipotentiary for Roma), and young Roma from across Europe

10.00-11.00     “The role of Roma youth in combating antigypsyism”: Debate with Soraya Post (MEP S&D), Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL) and Damian Draghici (MEP S&D)

Roma Week in the European Parliament

The open air breakfast is organized as part of the Roma Week in the European Parliament: a series of events aiming to celebrate International Roma Day. The Roma Week in the European Parliament is organized in cooperation with Roma NGOs and MEPs and will take place within two days: 5 and 6 April 2016. The Roma Week in the European Parliament is granted the patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. The detailed agenda of all the activities can be found here. The poster of the Roma Week in the European Parliament can be found here 

April 8, 2016, marks exactly 45 years since the First World Romani Congress, which took place in Orpington, near London.

April 8, 2016, also marks one year since the adoption of the resolution of the European Parliament dedicated to the fight against anti-Gypsyism.

For more information, please contact Atanas Stoyanov: +32 465 261 209




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