• The Finnish Commitee For European Security

    Suomen Toimikunta Euroopan Turvallisuuden Edistämiseksi

  • STETE - ESITTELY

ROMA PARTICIPATION IN EUROPE

STETE organised an international seminar at the Parliament House on the situation of Roma in Europe, together with the Finnish Advisory Board on Romani Affairs (RONK). The aim of the seminar was to discuss the initiative made by the President of Finland Mrs Tarja Halonen on establishing the pan-European consultative body for Roma. The discussion about Roma issues continued on Tuesday and Wednesday at meetings of the Council of Europe’s Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies, which took a stand on the discussion of the seminar arranged the previous day concerning establishment of an international co-operation body for Roma. A draft Recommendation of the Council of Europe on Policies towards Roma/Gypsies is prepared.

The purpose of the pan-European consultative body for Roma would be to promote the participation of the Romani populations of different European countries in the decision-making concerning themselves. The objective of the recommendations on policies towards Roma is to create a basis for the clarification of policies and practices concerning the Romani communities in the member states of the Council of Europe. Recommendations are planned to be drawn up i.a. for administrative structures, principles of action, appropriations, and Roma participation.

The material of the seminar has been edited into a booklet.


Roma Participation in Europe
A Seminar at the parliament house in Helsinki
22 october 2001, at 10 – 17
9.00 Registration

Chairmen

  • Kimmo Kiljunen, MP, Chair of the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE)
  • Outi Ojala, MP, Chair of the Advisory Board on Romani Affairs, Vice Chair of the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE)


10.00 Opening Words

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Erkki Tuomioja


Current Situation of Roma in Europe

  • Josephine Verspaget, Chair of The Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies of the COE

Western Europe:

  • Jean-Pierre Liegeois, Director, The Gypsy Research Centre of the University René Descartes, The Interface

CEE Countries:

  • Nicolae Gheorghe, Adviser , Contact Point of the ODIHR, OSCE


12 – 13.30 LUNCH

Music

  • Miritza & Ramoucho


Participation in Decision-making
International cooperation of Roma

  • Andrzej Mirga, Chair of the Romani Adviosory Council at PER, Co-Chair of the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies of the COE

A Pan-European Consultative Body for Roma

  • Ann-Marie Nyroos, Director, MFA of Finland, Human Rights


14.30 COFFEE BREAK

15.00 Panel Discussion

Moderators

  • Outi Ojala, MP, Chair of the Advisory Board on Romani Affairs,Vice Chair of the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE)
  • Miranda Vuolasranta, Secretary General, Advisory Board on Romani Affairs


Panelists

  • Stanislav Stankevitsh, Vice-President, International Romani Union
  • Rudko Kawczynski, President, Roma National Congress
  • Csaba Tabajdi, MP, Reporter, Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE
  • Henry Hedman, Acting Director, Romano-missio of Finland
  • Josephine Verspaget, Chair of the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies of the COE
  • Ann-Marie Nyroos, Director, MFA of Finland, Human Rights
  • Catherine Magnant, Administrator, European Commission, Human Rights and Democratisation
  • Dan Oropescu, Director of National Office for Roma, Government of Romania


Closing Remarks

  • Outi Ojala, MP, Chair of the Advisory Board on Romani Affairs, Vice Chair of the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE)


17.00  Reception
hosted by the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Riitta Uosukainen

Organised by
The Finnish Committee for European Security
Advisory Board on Romani Affairs

In Co-operation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health