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Romanian president fined for anti-Roma slurs

By • on February 17, 2014

Romania’s president, Traian Basescu, has been fined 600 lei ($183) for making derogatory comments about Romani people, the BBC reports.

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Roma leaders accuse the Romanian government of holding back the budget for Roma

Roma leaders accuse the Romanian government of holding back the budget for Roma

By • on March 21, 2013

Roma parliamentary representative Nicolae Paun, and the traditional Roma leader Florin Cioaba, the King of Romanian Roma, have accused the Government of not allocating any money for the improvement of the situation of

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Romanian Roma have three representatives in the Parliament

Romanian Roma have three representatives in the Parliament

By • on December 18, 2012

After the general elections held on 9 December 2012, Romania Roma will be represented in the parliament by three ethnic MPs who openly admitted their ethnic origin in the electoral race. The three MPs are Nicolae Paun, Madalin Voicu and Damian Draghici. Out of these three, only Nicolae Paun ran as a

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Romanian Roma hold a street protest against discrimination

Romanian Roma hold a street protest against discrimination

By • on September 25, 2012

Several hundred Roma gathered in front of the Romanian Government and Presidency in Bucharest on September 12 to protest against the racist statements of the French Interior Minister and against the lack of governmental initiatives meant for improving the situation of Romanian Roma. The action was organized

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Two pre-election promises come true

Two pre-election promises come true

By • on September 21, 2012

Parliamentary and local elections are a time when a great many promises are made in hope of winning votes. The local elections in Ondavské Matiašovce have always placed a sizable bet on Romani voters,

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Other than discrimination, tender politics is also an obstacle for Roma looking for work

Other than discrimination, tender politics is also an obstacle for Roma looking for work

By • on August 24, 2012

Until recently, Roma from Eastern Slovakia used to find work by going to any company in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and asking to be hired as part of a group. Nowadays the situation is more complicated as both state and private companies need to announce a tender for every larger contract. However,

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Orav: Education is crucial for further progress

Orav: Education is crucial for further progress

By • on August 14, 2012

In an interview with Mr. Aivo Orav, the Head of the EU Delegation to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), we tackled issues regarding the country’s Roma population and the implementation of the EU-supported Roma Decade project. We have also talked about the general problems that Roma

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Roma School

Roma School

By • on August 3, 2012

Twelve students are the first in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, get the opportunity to attend school in Romani.

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Right to stop travel

Right to stop travel

By • on July 18, 2012

If you type words such as “exit controls” or “travel bans” into any search engine, the results will inevitably include countries like Pakistan or China,  which can hardly be labelled democratic. And yet, these words have recently experienced a new, sad revival in a place in Europe, the Balkans. 

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Damian Draghici, the Romanian Prime Minister’s councillor on Roma issues

Damian Draghici, the Romanian Prime Minister’s councillor on Roma issues

By • on July 16, 2012

The Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta appointed the Roma artist Damian Draghici, who is the only Romanian musician to ever win a Grammy, as the state councilor on Roma issues on June 12. Damian Draghici is going to deal with the problems faced by Romanian Roma and examine cases of discrimination.

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