European Roma Summit (Brussels, 16/09/08): extracts from the panel "Time to act - building a Strong Partnership for Roma Inclusion" with the participation of Vladimír Špidla and Ján Figel'

Type: Report   Reference: I-058905   Duration: 10:43:29  Lieu:
End production: 16/09/2008   First transmission: 16/09/2008
For the first time, EU institutions, national governments and civil society organisations from around Europe came together to discuss the situation of Roma communities in the EU and to find ways to improve it. The EC’s first EU Roma Summit took place in Brussels, under the joint patronage of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It aimed to promote a firm commitment to tackling concrete problems and to creating a better understanding of the situation of Roma across Europe. It also helped identify "policies that work" in promoting inclusion and highlighting the plight of Roma communities. The outcome of the discussions will be an important input for debates at EU level and for further action. Roma communities in Europe continue to face persistent discrimination. Following the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and 2007, Roma communities now represent one of the largest ethnic minorities in the EU. However, the richness these communities could bring to European society is often overlooked, tainted by stereotypes and prejudices that manifest themselves in the form of economic, social and political discrimination.

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10:40:31 Title 00:00:04
10:40:36 Exterior view of the Charlemagne European Commission building, where the First European Roma Summit was held 00:00:06
10:40:42 General view of the conference room 00:00:07
10:40:49 Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, (in FRENCH) saying that the approach "leave it alone" is unacceptable and not useful; it is also clear that the punitive approach does not make things change; so, they have to avoid this kind of approaches 00:00:20
10:41:09 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:41:15 Vladimír Špidla (in FRENCH) saying that it must be said very clearly that all kinds of discrimination and stereotypes have to be rejected; when he was chief of an employment administration in the Czech Republic he worked with micro-credits and it was difficult to decide to use them with the Roma population, but he did it, and there were very positive experiences 00:00:38
10:41:53 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:41:59 Christine Boutin, French Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in FRENCH) saying that they are working, and it is very important to her, at the removal of the prohibition of circulation for the Roma and the need of living for three years in a district before obtaining the right to vote; she wishes all Roma could vote and this period to be reduced; she also wants the Roma to have an identity card 00:00:28
10:42:27 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:42:32 Christine Boutin (in FRENCH) saying that the political leaders should be brave enough to pass the idea of being more welcoming and respectful to any person, respecting their fundamental rights; a common answer from all Member States is needed 00:00:21
10:42:53 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:42:58 Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, (in ENGLISH) saying that Roma culture is European culture; the Roma population is probably the most dispersed minority of Europe; so it is through European vocation that Roma people and non-Roma people could communicate, understand, know, and not only respect each other but live together, not only to exist together in Europe but share responsibility 00:00:31
10:43:29 Views of the Roma summit (4 shots) 00:00:24
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