Under the aegis of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU on 29th of May in The National Palace of Culture was the place of the conference "Roma Inclusion - Where Do We Stay And Where We Are Targeting?".
Organized by the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues at the Council of Ministers, the event sought to contribute to EU policy on Roma integration by 2020. Participation in the conference was attended by EU institutions, experts, members of national, regional and local authorities, representatives of NGOs, academics and other stakeholders.
The event was opened with a speech by Bisser Petkov, Minister of Labor and Social Policy, followed by a video of Livia Jaroka, vice-president of the European Parliament, and the first female member of the European Parliament of Roma origin. Roma Vice-President of the Commission for Protection against Discrimination, members of the European Commission, representatives of national and local authorities, academics and others took part in discussions on policies for Roma integration. Main themes were discussed as the key issues in the process of Roma integration, the involvement of civil society in the implementation of national Roma integration strategies, and the role of EU funds to improve access to social rights.