Vassiliou, Soros and Pricopie to visit Roma education projects in Romania
On Monday (10 March), Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will join philanthropist George Soros and Remus Pricopie, the Romanian Minister of Education, to visit education projects in Bucharest which support the social integration of Roma communities.
Commissioner Vassiliou will underline the European Commission's determination to combat all forms of discrimination against Roma and explain how the EU can help its Member States to implement their national strategies for Roma integration. Through the ROMED programme, the European Commission and the Council of Europe have co-funded the training of more than 1,000 Roma mediators who are now working in local communities across Europe to ensure that young Roma children enjoy all the benefits of pre-school, primary and secondary education. George Soros is the founder-chairman of the Open Society Foundations, which work closely with the Commission and other agencies in advancing Roma rights and equal opportunities.