Roma Anti-Poverty Aid From EU to Be Discussed in October Bucharest Meeting
The European Commission has a “high level” conference planned in Bucharest next month to discuss the contribution and usage of European Union funding for the integration of Roma as part of its fight against poverty.
The Bucharest conference will be on Oct. 12 and 13, and will be followed by two regional events on Oct. 14 in the Romanian city of Cluj, and Oct. 20 in the city of Iasi, according to a description of the event on the EU’s website.
There are as many as 12 million Roma, as gypsies from eastern Europe are known, in the EU, candidate countries and potential candidate countries, according to the commission. Programs in 12 member states have a total budget of 17.5 billion euros ($22.8 billion) over the period 2007-2013 for measures benefiting Roma and other vulnerable groups. The conference is aimed at improving the usage and awareness of the funding.
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