Taken from www.novatv.mk
Just a few days before April 8, International Roma Day, the European Commission organized the Third Roma Summit in Brussels in order to try to switch and double the obligations of the European Policies for Roma to local and regional authorities.
The summit was ceremonially opened by the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, the Romanian President Traian Basescu, Zoni Weisz who survived the Holocaust and the Commissioners Viviane Reding and Laszlo Andor. Although various Roma NGOs from different countries attended the summit, the international political leadership of the Roma decided to boycott the event.
Therefore, the European Roma Forum sent an open letter to the highest level in the EU to protest the non-inclusion of the Roma voice. The letter states: “It is sad that after so many years of assurances that the Roma policies should be implemented with the Roma, and not for the Roma. Here we have the agenda of thirty speakers who are rarely Roma. Numerous efforts by the European Commission ended with a minimum or no result… To add insult to injury, the European Commission thought that it was a good idea to invite a man like Mr. Traian Basescu, President of Romania, as a speaker at the opening of the Summit, a man who was recently convicted by the official National Council for fight against discrimination because he used discriminatory terms regarding the Roma. ”
The arguments of the European Roma Forum are perfectly legitimate and he needs to take a good look at himself and to make us consider why Roma policies have until now failed in the ways we want them to succeed. The Romanian government uses the Summit to change its image among the member states and sends a message that Roma do not come only from Romania, but that the problem is European and existing in all member states.
Other speakers at the Summit included George Soros, Morten Kjaerum, director of the European Agency for Human Rights, and Nezhdet Mustafa from the Macedonian government who was also invited as a speaker.
It seems that the Third Roma Summit will remain as a casual meeting where specific ideas and plans as well as all society subjects will be missed in order to achieve complete mobilization for the desired and long-awaited inclusion and equality for Roma.
Martin Demirovski, independent advisory for Roma rights in Brussels