European Commissioner Vassiliou: Roma museum absolutely necessary

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Visiting European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou says a museum of the Roma is absolutely necessary, given that so few things are known about the ethnic Roma and there is need of institutions that should communicate with respect to this minority in a professional and objective manner.

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According to a release issued by Bucharest District 6 City Hall, the European Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism, sport, media and youth made the remark during a meeting early this week with District 6 deputy mayor Gabriel Petrea, the chairman of the Foundation for an Open Society George Soros, the Roma Initiative Office director Zeljko Jovanovic and the head of the European Commission Resident Office in Romania, Angela Filote, with whom the commissioner visited the space where works are being carried out to set up the first Museum of the Roma's Culture in Romania.

Petrea said the District 6 Hall is constantly concerned with the personal problems belonging to the vulnerable groups, be they Roma or Romanians, disabled persons or individuals living in a precarious financial situation.

'We back the promotion of Roma's culture and particularly the culture about the Roma on a European level. At this moment we, together with the Council of Europe, have initiated a process to set up a European Institute for the Roma', Soros said, in turn.

The meeting host Ciprian Necula stressed there are in Romania all the required resources for the European Institute for the Roma leadership.

'We have a museum currently being built, the National School of Political and Administrative Studies will launch a programme for a Master's degree for Roma and ethnicity studies, we have a Roma private theatre, we have a research centre, professional nongovernmental organisations and we hope the Government of Romania also wishes this institute in our country', Necula said.

The Roma Culture Musuem is a private initiative backed by Romano ButiQ Association in partnership with a range of public and private institutions, such as the National Agency for the Roma, Impreuna (Together) Agency, the District 6 Hall, the National School of Political and Administrative Studies.AGERPRES

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