MINELRES: Fwd: Central European Summit on Discrimination against Roma, Sofia, February 2, 2005

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Fri Jan 7 09:24:42 2005


Original sender: Roma Network <romale@zahav.net.il>


from: Rositsa Todorova <rtodorova@worldbank.org>
 
CENTRAL EUROPEAN SUMMIT ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ROMA, Sofia, February
2, 2005

EVENT:    International Meeting to launch the Decade of Roma Inclusion
DATE:     February 2, 2005
VENUE:    National  Theatre  "Ivan Vazov" (5 Dyakon Ignatij Str., 1000
Sofia, Bulgaria)
CONTACT:  Mr. Georgi Kourtev
          World Bank Sofia Office
          Direct line: (359-2) 96 97 239; Fax: (359-2) 971 2045
          E-mail: gkourtev@worldbank.org

Media  are  invited  to  cover  the  International  Launch of the Decade
of Roma Inclusion being  held in  Sofia  on  February  2.   
 
Participants include Prime Ministers  from  Central and Southeast
European countries, as well as World Bank Group President James
Wolfensohn  and  Open Society Institute Chairman George Soros.  
 
A press conference will take place immediately after the launch ceremony
in  the Press Center of the Council of Ministers (1 Dondukov Blvd., 1000
Sofia, Bulgaria).

The Decade of Roma Inclusion, an initiative adopted by eight European
governments, and supported by the international community, represents
the first cooperative international effort to change the lives of Roma
in Europe. Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, FYR
Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovakia are the founding
countries of the Decade, which will span 2005-2015.

January 23 is the registration deadline. Security procedures will be
stringent, so journalists should factor in extra time for gaining
access.

*Media registration is mandatory.

To register, visit the government's web site at:
http://www.government.bg/English/2064.html

Requests for accreditation should be submitted electronically. All
applicationstogether with a digital photograph in .jpg or .gif format
should be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at email
inclusion_decade@mfa.government.bg. 
 
The filled-out accreditation request form and the digital photo should
be sent as attachments to the application email. Applications without a
photo will not be processed.  If the applicants do not receive
confirmation by email they are advised to contact the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs at telephone +359 2 940 20 16 for more information. The
digital photograph files should be named as per the following pattern:
family name_name.jpg or family name_name.gif.

A multi-media press release will be disseminated on February 2nd.

The official conference program is attached.


INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH
OF THE DECADE OF ROMA INCLUSION 
Sofia, 1-2 February 2005

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

1 February 2005 

By 17.00 hour			
Arrival of the delegations and other participants
Accommodation at the Grand Hotel Sofia and Hotel Sheraton

19.00 - 21.00 hours	
Reception hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria at
the Museum of Archeology

2 February 2005

08.30 - 09.30 hours	
Working Breakfast hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic of
Bulgaria for the Heads of Delegations (venue tbc)

10.00 - 11.30 hours 	
Launch ceremony at the National Theatre, chaired by the two Prime
Ministers hosting the event

Brief comments delivered by the Prime Ministers, the President of the
European Commission, the President of the World Bank, the Chairman of
the Open Society Institute, and two young Roma leaders

Signing of the Decade Declaration by the Prime Ministers

Family Photo

12.00 - 13.00 hours	
Press Conference of the Prime Ministers, the President of the European
Commission, the President of the World Bank, the Chairman of the Open
Society Institute to be held at the Press Center of the Council of
Ministers

13:30 - 15:00 hours	
Luncheon for the official delegations

12.30 - 14.00 hours	
Buffet lunch served at the Hotel Sheraton for the participants

Afternoon			
Departure