02.10.2009International conference “Health and Roma community”

International conference “Health and Roma community” took place in Madrid on October 1 and 2. It was organized by Fundacion Secretariado Jitano and the Spanish Ministry of Health. Governmental representatives of Spain, Portugal, Check Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, Roma activists and European Commission officials took part in it. During the conference a special survey about the health status of Roma in the 7 mentioned countries was announced. It is carries out by Fundacion Secretariado Jitano, Roma organizations from every included country and...

29.09.2009Second meeting of European Platform for Roma Inclusion took place in Brussels

The second meeting of the European Platform for Roma Inclusion took place in Brussels on September 28. It was co-organized by the Swedish Presidency of the EU (under the lead of the Swedish Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality) and the European Commission (under the lead of DG Employment, Equal Opportunities and Anti-discrimination). The EU Commissioner for Education Jan Figel, the EU Commissioner for Employment Vladimir Spidla, MEPs, representatives of different EU institutions, national governments, international and national Roma NGOs took part in the meeting. Education...

23.09.2009Milen Milanov is the new National Coordinator of the Decade of Roma Inclusion

During its session on September 23 the Council of Ministers appointed Milen Milanov for new National Coordinator of the Decade of Roma Inclusion. According to the governmental decision he will have “representative, coordinating, organizing and controlling functions that require transparent implementation not only on behalf of Roma communities but also on behalf of building modern society in Bulgaria” Milen Milanov holds a BA in International Economic Relations. From several years he has been activist of Roma civic movement and has taken part in advocacy activities...

16.09.2009September 15th: a new beginning

Hundreds of children entered the schools on September 15 all over Bulgaria with the start of the new school year. For many students in Veliko Turnovo municipality the school year has started owing to the work of Center Amalipe and Veliko Turnovo Municipality within the project “Introducing intercultural education and equal access to quality education” financed by the European Social Fund through Human Resources Development Operational Program. Eight children from Malki Chiflik (a village situated 5 km from Veliko Turnovo) started the new school year in Vela Blagoeva...

11.09.2009Bulgarian government disbanded Ethnic and Demographic Issues Directorate

During its session on September 8 the Council of Ministers decided to transform Ethnic and Demographic Issues Directorate. It will be replaced with smaller structure as Secretariat of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Demographic Issues. The other responsibilities of EDID will be transferred to two existing directorates within Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.
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