MINELRES: MRG Conference: The European Union and the Roma, Budapest, 6-7 June 2006

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Wed May 10 19:46:49 2006

Original sender: Galina Kostadinova <GALINA.KOSTADINOVA@mrgmail.org>

Dear Colleagues,

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) would like to invite you to
attend a conference entitled “The European Union and the Roma” which
will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 6 – 7 June 2006. 

The conference aims at bringing together policy-makers, civil servants,
and experts from Roma NGOs and international organisations.

Firstly, it will explore the relevance of EU legislation to Roma rights
with the aim of identifying existing gaps in EU legislation and the
legal developments that are necessary to adequately and comprehensively
address the plight of Romani communities in Europe.

Secondly, it will analyze the existing Roma policy framework at the
European level with the aim of formulating recommendations for
consistency and complimentarity between different initiatives targeting
the Roma directly or indirectly.

Finally, it will provide an overview and critical analysis of the
existing channels for monitoring and evaluation of Roma policies and
programmes as well as recommendations for more participatory monitoring
and evaluation mechanisms.

You can access the conference agenda on

The conference will begin with registration from 9:00-9:30 am on
Tuesday, 6 June 2006, and will end at noon on Wednesday, 7 June 2006.
There is no registration fee.  It will be held at the premises of hotel
Astoria, Budapest. The language of the conference will be English.
The number of participants is limited so if you are interested please
send an email, indicating your name, organisation, and contact details
to romaprogramme@mrgmail.org  by 22 May 2006.

Financial Support
MRG is able to provide financial support (covering accommodation, visa,
and travel to/from Budapest) for a limited number of participants
working for Roma organisations.
If you wish to apply for financial support please send us by 15 May 2006
your CV with a cover letter explaining your involvement in Romani issues
and your motivation to attend the conference.  MRG will inform you about
the outcome of your financial support application by 17 May 2006.

If you need a visa for Hungary and require an official invitation from
MRG for this purpose, please contact us as soon as possible.

Further Enquiries
We look forward to seeing you and if you have any queries, please
contact us at: romaprogramme@mrgmail.org

Best regards

Galina Kostadinova     
Roma Programme Coordinator
Minority Rights Group International
54 Commercial Street
London E1 6LT
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)20 7422 4217
Fax. +44 (0)20 7422 4201

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