As if it was destined to watch and give money every two years for the elections, but not see positive changes with the people
The first few months of 2014 will stay registered in the European memory as a period of big preparations for the elections. But, I will try to voice this stance as a European and Macedonian citizen ask myself a question: What can I do with my voice? Is it respected or is it just a scribble on the ballot thrown in the box, helping the politicians enjoy the benefits of their positions as MPs? This is not so strange. But, on the other hand, the question is: Why do we have earthquakes from the election processes?! As if it was destined to watch and give money every two years for the elections, but not see positive changes with the people.
One thing is true, and that is that there must be legitimate people, legitimately elected. But, when will we be more conscious and more creative for the future of our descendants? There is no will, creativity and responsibility. Why? Until when? One thing is certain – we must continue living. I’m not trying to get into the techniques, into the presidential, parliamentarian elections that will take place in May on a European level. It is a process, and the citizens will decide who to vote for. Our responsibility is to monitor and vote. This is my message for Macedonia and the citizens.
At the same time I would like to share my views on the European elections from May 2014. They differ from ours with their timely preparedness, the manner of motivating the people, the procedures… But, if I compare them regarding the Roma issue, the only differences are based on everyday life, big efforts to find work in order to support the family, settling the expenses for education of the children, buying a house or an apartment… they are discriminated here and also there. We have reached a level of racism; there are many meetings or so-called summits for the Roma like the European Strategy 2020. But, we the Roma, although well organized, educated, with an experience for a dialogue and problems solving on a political and economic plan, are not a part of that process. The third summit of the European Roma in Brussels is a proof for the existence of the antiziganism, because of the simple fact – they implement and organize a dialogue without us and without the Roma leaders. Many Roma organizations grew in mature institutions, like ERTF which is based in Strasbourg, and which are not a part of the dialogue and the agenda for solving the status of the Roma in Europe and in the Balkans.
How can this be avoided without political will, with manipulation and alibi actors? I cannot speak anymore since this is a great burden for me – we are talking about 12 million Roma in Europe!
We will wait.
Executive director of the National Roma Centrum, Kumanovo