MINELRES: Romania: Bulletin DIVERS on Ethnic Minorities no. 44 (240) / December 4, 2006

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Divers Bulletin no. 44 (240) / December 4, 2006

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HUNGARIAN PARTY TO ORGANIZE CONGRESS IN 2007'S SPRING 
UNIVERSITY BABES-BOLYAI DISMISSES HUNGARIAN TEACHERS 
CAMPAIGN OF SANITARY BRIEFING AMONG ETHNIC ROMA WOMEN 
"ETHNIC ROMA SOCIALIZATION PROGRAMS ARE POORLY FINANCED" 

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HUNGARIAN PARTY TO ORGANIZE CONGRESS IN 2007'S SPRING 
BUCHAREST - The Operative Council of the Democratic Union of Hungarians
in Romania, or UDMR, met on November 27 to discuss about organizing the
union's Congress during March 2 and March 3, 2007. UDMR's Representative
Council will make a decision in that respect, during December 16
meeting, after the advisory meetings the Union's territorial
organizations, UDMR head Marko Bela said. He added the Congress should
take place as soon as possible to enable the development of the campaign
for the European Parliament scheduled for next May. Marko Bela said he
will run for the fifth time in a row for the position of UDMR head,
which he has been fulfilling for the past 13 years. He will only run for
the position of UDMR head, not in the elections for the European
Parliament. "UDMR aims at a positive development of the elections for
the European Parliament," Marko Bela said. He also said two commissions
are in charge with drawing up the amendments at the UDMR statute, namely
the amendments on the program of this organization. 
Author: DIVERS - http://www.divers.ro/


UNIVERSITY BABES-BOLYAI DISMISSES HUNGARIAN TEACHERS
CLUJ -Babes Bolyai University, or UBB, dismissed on November 28 two of
its Hungarian teachers, namely Hantz Peter, lector with Faculty of
Physics and Kovacs Lehel, lector with the Faculty of Mathematics and
Computers, respectively. They will no longer have a labor contracts or
UBB passes on their name in about one week following the dismissal
decision. "The reasons for this dismissal are the continuous spread of
lies about this institution and the country, instigation at inter-ethnic
hostility against the EU's values and injurious statements against UBB
teachers, aggressive management of the university's assets, which
features extremism," UBB spokesperson Cristina Nistor said. "Aggressive
management" refers to the fact that Hantz Peter has recently set up
several bilingual signs with "no smoking" written in Hungarian language
throughout UBB buildings. They were all taken down, and the University
filed a complaint at the Police on the teacher's name. "I expected at
this decision, this is one of the many stupid things of UBB but this
does not affect me. I will appeal this decision in court. Financially, I
earn from international contracts with Germany or Switzerland. I will
inform the international community on UBB decision," Hantz Peter said.
The head of the Hungarian department of Philology with Babes-Bolyai
University manifested he first reaction against the layoff decision of
the two teachers and resigned from UBB Senate, grounding he is fed up
with "the multiculturalism enforced by the heads of the university."
Subsequently, 70 teachers with UBB signed a protest against the decision
of UBB Senate, and the two rectors with the Hungarian department of
"Babes-Bolyai University", Salat Levente and Nagy Laszlo, respectively,
resigned from their positions. 
Author: DIVERS - http://www.divers.ro/


CAMPAIGN OF SANITARY BRIEFING AMONG ETHNIC ROMA WOMEN 
TIRGOVISTE - National Roma Agency (ANR) organized Saturday, November 25,
at "Sfinta Maria" Social Center in Tirgoviste, Dambovita county
(southern Romania), a briefing and awareness campaign of ethnic Roma
women aiming to increase the access to public health services. Some 30
ethnic Roma women, 25 year old in average, took part in the course
''School of mothers - education for health, civic education, and crime
prevention,'' held by sanitary mediators. The course provided
information on the healthcare standards of children up to 3 years old,
hygiene, costs and benefits of subscribing on the lists of a family
medic and prevention of discrimination cases faced in providing sanitary
assistance. The project is called ''With us, among us. About us women''
and aims to increase the access to ethnic Roma women to healthcare
information. The project is made in partnership with Emergency Hospital
Foundations and Humaniterra as well as with the support of ethnic Roma
local non-governmental organizations. The campaign started two months
ago and targets ten cities. 
Author: DIVERS - http://www.divers.ro/


"ETHNIC ROMA SOCIALIZATION PROGRAMS ARE POORLY FINANCED" 
BUCHAREST - The programs to improve ethnic Roma status are granted two
euros per capita annually, executive director with Roman organization
the Agency for Communitarian Development "Impreruna" Gelu Duminica said
last week during a seminar. He also said the programs were allotted
EUR50 million after the 90s, to improve the status of the ethnic Roma
community totaling some 1.5 million persons. The European Union granted
EUR42 million and Romania the rest of EUR8 million. "By making a simple
calculation, the ethnic Roma were assigned EUR2 per capita over the past
16 years," Gelu Duminica said. "Some 40% of the money was spent on
technical assistance: training, monitoring," Duminica said. "The
programs were evaluated over the years. Our agency developed a program
on job creation, which was evaluated as the best European-like program,"
Duminica also said. 
Author: DIVERS - http://www.divers.ro/

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