On Friday, May 5, 2017 Valeriu Nicolae, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues (SRSG) was a guest speaker at the Identity and Leadership Seminars of the Roma Access Programmes of the Central European University.
In his lecture, the SRSG talked about the Roma identity in the 1980s in Craiova; 1990s lost in Europe and Roma identity as an international project; 2000 anti-Gypsyism and the European Union; European Framework of Roma National Inclusion Strategy; Brussels’ role and the disappearance of watchdog NGOs and the new Roma elites.
His final remarks were on the work of the Council of Europe 10 goals for the next 10 years and the new concept of “Schools as Engines of Social Inclusion” based on a life-cycle approach.
Hundreds of Roma intellectuals have been involved, in the past years, in studies, seminars and summer schools organised by the CEU. Thousands of non-Roma had the opportunity to learn about us. The CEU has been and remains the much needed cultural Agora for the most discriminated European ethnic groups. It was an honour for me to participate in the seminar organised by Dr. Rostas and to have the opportunity to discuss with the audience there. #We stand by CEU