New publicaton: Roma migration to and from Canada: the Czech, Hungarian and Slovak case

The Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University published a new e-book "Roma migration to and from Canada: the Czech, Hungarian and Slovak case".

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Conditionality for Joining MERI in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary

In support of the OSF values for Roma inclusion and integration, and in line with the EU’s Common Basic Principles on Roma inclusion, the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma MERI program would like to announce the conditions for joining the MERI network to its partners and MERI coordinators. These conditions will be binding for all members and adherence to this will be required.

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Growing Mushrooms and Jobs in Hungary

In a remote corner of northeast Hungary in the village of Szendrolad, home to about 2000 people, of whom most are Roma, seasonal mushroom collection in the forest has been a tradition for many years. Now, a Roma NGO has turned this local tradition into a source of employment and income for the town. With assistance from the European Social Fund, pro bono help from accountancy firm KPMG, and direction from Open Society Foundations, the Bhim Rao Association, a Roma NGO, set up a mushroom factory in Szendrolad, which began operation in January of this year.

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Commission maps local authorities striving to include their Roma populations

The European Commission has prepared an interactive map of regions, cities and municipalities that are committed to integrate their Roma population and that have joined initiatives to support them to reach this goal. One of the main contributors was Mayors Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion Network (MERI).

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European Mayors Acknowledged for Promoting Roma Inclusion

The first MERI conference and awards ceremony for mayors and municipalities from 15 European countries with best local practices in Roma inclusion took place on October 11-12, 2012 in Budapest, Hungary.

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