| Health mediators on European Roma Summit |
On 4 april 2014 in Brussels was held
European Roma Summit to rewiew the progress made on the
integration of Roma in the EU member countries. The
meeting was attended by about 500 representatives from EU institutions,
national governments and parliaments, mayors, cicil society organizations
(including Roma organizations), as well as local and regional authorities. They
expressed their views on additional measures that could be taken for the
implementation and development of the EU framework about national strategies
for Roma integration. Working on the local level for Roma inclusion in EU and
acceding countries was the main topic.
Among representatives from Bulgarian
delegation was Anife Hasan - member of the Managing Board of the National Network of Health
Mediators, who was nominated and chosen by members of National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration
The meeting was opened by European Commission
President Jose Manuel Barroso. Among the lecturers were
the Vice-President Viviane Reding
(Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship), Commissioner Lazslo Andor
(Employment, Soccial Affairs and Inclusion), Commissioner Vassiliou (Education,
Culture, Multilinguism and Youth) and Commissioner Borg (Health and Consumer
Protection). Another key speakers were George Soros (Chairman of The
Open Society Foundation) and Ministers of the Member States and acceding
countries in EU.
Ms Zinaida Zlatanova - Bulgarian Justice Minister presented
Report ondevelopment of strategic plans for Roma integration in Bulgaria. The Health
mediators werepresented as good and successful model for Roma integration.
The main issues discussed
of policies on local level including all Roma.
EU funding could reach local and regional authorities to support Roma
integration on the local level in acceding countries.
Jose Manuel Barroso presented good examples likethe model in
Kavarna Municipality (Bulgaria) for Roma integration on local level. He pointed
out that the proper use of EU funds and teamwork starting from local level to
national level will contribute for development of better policies to improve
the lives not only for Roma people, but also in Europe.
In the Evaluation of European Commission for
integration of Roma in Health as good examples were pointed out thework of
Health mediators, the vaccineprophylactics
and screenings with Medical Mobile Units. The extension of these activities was recommended. The main
challenge for Bulgaria remains the provision of health insurance coverage for
The meeting report can be downloaded here.