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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Roma Diplomacy: A Challenge for European Institutions? 
Brussels, December 8 – 9, 2005

Organised by ERIO and DiploFoundation, with the support of the
European Parliament Officies of Jaroka, Wiersma, Mohacsi, Levai and Cashman

 
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AGENDA

  Day 1 - December 8
  VENUE: European Parliament - Room ASP A5G3
  9.30 – 10.15   Official Opening 
  Moderator: Ms Livia Jaroka - Roma MEP for Hungary (EPP-ED Group)
 
 
Speakers: 
  • Mr Josep Borrell, President of the European Parliament
  • Ambassador Bernhard Marfurt, Swiss Ambassador to the EU 
  • Mr Valeriu Nicolae (representing Rudko Kawczynski – President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum)
  • Rev. Jean-Arnold de Clermont, President of the Conference of European Churches
  • Ms Livia Jaroka – Roma MEP for Hungary, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats
  • Mr Graham Watson, Chairman of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
  10.15 – 10.45   Presentation of the Conference Background Paper
  Moderator: Mt Ivan Ivanov, Director, European Roma Information Office
 
 
Speakers:
  • Prof. Andre Liebich, Chair of the Roma Diplomacy Advisory Group, Graduate Institute of International Relations, Geneva 
  • Mr Jovan Kurbalija, Roma Diplomacy Project Chair, Director of DiploFoundation
  • Mr Valeriu Nicolae, Roma Diplomacy Project Coordinator, Deputy Director of ERIO
  10.45 – 11.15    Coffee break - PRESS CONFERENCE
  11.15 – 11.45   Welcome from European Parliament
  Moderator: Mr Valeriu Nicolae, Roma Diplomacy Project Coordinator
 
 
Speakers:
  • Ms Katalin Levai, MEP, Vice-president of the EP Legal Committee and member of the EP Human Rights Committee
  • Mr Michael Cashman, Labour MEP for the West Midlands
  • Ms Elly de Groen-Kouwenhoven, MEP for Netherlands, Group of the Greens/ European Free Alliance
  • Mr Richard Corbett, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber
  11:45 – 13.00   European Parliament and Commission: Roma Inclusion in European Institutions:
  From Words to Deeds
  Moderator: Mr Andre Wilkens, Director, OSI Brussels
  
  Speakers:
  • Mr Jan Marinus Wiersma, Vice-chairman, Socialist Group
  • Mr Anthony Lockett, Head of Anti-Discrimination Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
  • Mr Colin Wolf, Head of Unit, DG Regio
  • Presentations by Roma Diplomacy Participants
  13.00 – 14.30   Lunch Break
  Lunch for Conference Speakers hosted by MEP Els de Groen, featuring the promotion of the
  booklet: “Roma: 15 million European Citizens”
  14.30 – 16.00   The Role of Diplomacy and International Action in Curbing Antigypsyism in Europe
 
Moderator: Prof. David Crowe, Elon University, and Mr Valeriu Nicolae
 
 Speakers: 
  • Mr Dan Donghi, Officer on Roma and Sinti Issues, OSCE ODIHR
  • Mr Henry Scicluna, Coordinator for Activities concerning Roma and Travellers, Council of Europe
  • Ms Beate Winkler, Director of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia
  • Ambassador Ion Jinga, Romanian Ambassador to Belgium
  • Prof. Ian Hancock, Director, the Romani Archives and Documentation Center, University of Texas at Austin
  16:00 – 16.30   Coffee Break
  16:30 – 18:00   Roma Women in Diplomacy and Politics
  Moderator: Ms Maria Carlshamre, MEP (ALDE)
 
  Speakers: 
  • Ms Anne-Sophie Parent, President of Social Platform
  • Ms Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Director for Horizontal and International Issues, DG Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission
  • Participants from the Roma Diplomacy programme

 

  Day 2 - December 9
  VENUE: Committee of Regions - Room B52
  9:00 – 11:00   Public Diplomacy and Political Representation for Roma – Ways Forward 
 
  Speakers:
  • Mr Jonathan Hill, Head of UEFA’s EU Office
  • Mr Michael Guet, Head of the Roma and Travellers Division, Council of Europe
  • Participants from the Roma Diplomacy programme
  11.00 – 11.30   Coffee Break
  11.30 – 13.00    The Role of Civil Society and the Church in Facilitating the Transition to Equal
  Opportunities for Roma
  Moderator: Mr Ibrahim Ibrahimi, European Center for Minority Issues 
 
  Speakers:
  • Ms Donatella Rostagno, Conference of European Churches/Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe
  • Ms Jagoda Paukovic, Senior Policy Advisor, Justitia et Pax Netherlands
  • Ms Elly Rijnierse, Cordaid
  • Participants of the Roma Diplomacy Programme
  13.00 – 14.30   Lunch Break (Working lunch for members of Roma Diplomacy Advisory Boards)
  14.30 – 16.00   Working Groups for Drafting Conference Recommendations
 
  Group Chairs:
  • Prof. David Crowe, Elon University
  • Prof. Andre Liebich, Chair of the Roma Diplomacy Advisory Group
  • Ms Miranda Voulasranta, Roma and Travellers Division, Council of Europe
  • Ms Zoe Gray, Minority Rights Group International
  16.00 – 16.30   Coffee Break
  16.30 – 17.30   Plenary Session: Presentation of Conference Recommendations and Concluding Words
 
  Speakers:
  • Mr Vladimir Spidla - Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
  • Mr Valeriu Nicolae, Roma Diplomacy Project Coordinator

 
Organised by ERIO and  DiploFoundation