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Wednesday, 08 April

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban’s message on the occasion of the celebration of Romania’s Roma ethnics and the International Roma Day

“Today, we mark the celebration of Romania’s Roma ethnics, at the same time with the International Roma Day. These celebrations are dedicated to the traditions and history of this ethnic group, but also to the memory of the Roma killed during the World War II, as a plea against any form of discrimination or social exclusion on ethnic criteria.

In the three decades since the fall of communism, the Romanian society has aligned to the European values and the Roma have been recognized as an ethnic minority. Like all the other Romanian citizens, the Roma ethnics wanted to live in a free, democratic and prosperous country, which would ensure equal opportunities for all. Today, after centuries of being enslaved, deported or discriminated against, the Roma people are part of the Romanian society, with equal rights and obligations. Many of them have overcome social prejudices and have become real benchmarks in various fields of activity. These are examples we want as many as possible Roma ethnics to follow and which prove that there is a valuable potential we want to encourage.

I assure you of the Government’s support for social inclusion and the social, cultural and economic empowerment of the Roma communities. We are preparing a new national strategic framework for the next five years, for the inclusion of the Roma, and we consider tailoring the measures to the concrete needs of the communities - from access to water, electricity, heating and road infrastructure, to providing them with the necessary school and health infrastructure, professional training courses adjusted to the local characteristics, and assistance with finding jobs. Through transparency and proactive consultation of the Roma civil society, we seek together coherent solutions and the human and financial resources necessary to support the development and combat any form of discrimination or social exclusion,

A decent living, jobs, a level of education worthy of a civilized country and quality medical services are the aspirations of each of us, regardless of ethnicity or belonging to the majority or the minority. We are all Romanian and European Union citizens and we want to stay on this path, with the contribution of each of us.

Now, I am especially calling on you to support our national efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus and to observe the measures taken by the authorities for your protection. In the current circumstances, the health or even the life of those around us, depend on the health of each of us.  Happy Anniversary, Roma ethnics of Romania and of the world!"


Ludovic Orban,

Prime Minister of Romania


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