European Roma Summit

The first European Roma Summit will take place tomorrow in Brussels, where he leaders of EU institutions, as well as international and Roma NGOs, will negotiate the specific content of the upcoming European Roma Strategy.

The summit, which is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the French Presidency, will be opened by José Manuel Barroso EC-President and the keynote speech will be held by George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundation. Lívia Járóka (EPP-ED, Hungarian Civic Union) will participate in the opening panel of the event, about building a strong partnership for Roma inclusion. The panel will also include Vladimir Spidla commissioner of employment and social affairs, Jan Figel, commissioner of culture and education, Christine Boutin French minister of housing, and Nicolae Gheorghe, former advisor of OSCE.


“It is indispensable, to focus on immediate action instead of lengthy planning processes and to instantly find appropriate answers for the problems of Roma communities” – commented Járóka on the meeting.