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May 16, 2021

Foreign Ministry’s pledge on International Roma Day: Advocating stigma removal from this ethnic category

On the occasion of the celebration on Saturday of the International Roma Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated its commitment to further take action for putting an end to attempts to stigmatize Roma communities abroad.

The Foreign Ministry stated that it is constantly promoting abroad the importance of completely doing away with all forms of discrimination against the Roma and supports through its specific responsibilities national efforts towards the social inclusion of Romanian citizens of Roma ethnicity.

“As an EU member state, Romania staunchly supports the principle of diversity, considering that ethno-linguistic and cultural diversity is an asset of the European society that contributes to the social and economic development of the entire community. In this respect, Romania has a legal and institutional framework in place capable to ensure the observance of the rights of minorities as a prerequisite for strengthening the climate of good understanding and ethnic harmony in our country,” the Ministry said in a release.

The Foreign Ministry also stated that it will continue to promote on a domestic and international level the protection of the rights and freedoms of all the citizens of Romania, to advocate cutting short all attempts to stigmatize Roma communities abroad and to request compliance with EU rules on free movement and anti-discrimination.

The Foreign Ministry will also continue to uphold the importance of the active participation of the Roma in public life and to support civil society initiatives that promote the rights of Romanian citizens belonging to the Roma minority.

The International Roma Day was created at the first World Romani Congress in 1971. Eastern European states, Romania included, have been celebrating Roma Day since 1990.


President Iohannis: International Roma Day – a symbol for tolerant, inclusive coexistence


In a message conveyed on Saturday on the celebration of International Roma Day, President Klaus Iohannis states this is the best occasion to highlight the importance of interethnic dialogue and to strongly condemn racist manifestations.

“It is also a good opportunity for the authorities and civil society to renew their commitment to the economic, social and cultural empowerment of the Roma community. In this effort, which is not just a project of the Roma community alone, but of the entire society, this day is a symbol for a tolerant and inclusive coexistence,” reads Klaus Iohannis’s message, as cited in a Presidential Administration release.

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