On the 9th of October 2017 the conference "Finland, Romania, Roma integration - Learning from each other" took place at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute. This seminar was organized by the Embassy of Finland in Romania, having as partners the Romanian Diplomatic Institute and the Romanian Association for Nordic and Baltic Studies.
This meeting was opened by: Mr. Dan Petre (Director General of Romanian Diplomatic Institute), H.E Mrs. Päivi Pohjanheimo (Ambassador of Finland), Mrs. Andreea Păstîrnac, (Minister for Romanians Living Abroad), Mrs. Henna Huttu (Ministerial Advisor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Advisory Board on Roma Affairs), Lect. PhD. Delia Grigore (Professor at University of Bucharest).
At the discussions, Finland was represented by Mrs. Susanna Rajala (Expert on Roma Education and Basic education, National Board of Education), Mrs. Lippe Koivuneva (Government counsellor, Ministry of Employment and the Economy), Mrs. Anca Enache (Head of Development, International Affairs, Helsinki Deaconess Institute).
Romania was represented by Mrs. Dana Varga (State Counsellor, PM’s Office), Mr. Daniel Rădulescu (President, National Agency for Roma), Mr. Dinu Adam (Counsellor of the EU Funds Minister), Mr. Mircea Toma (President, Active Watch), Mr. Gelu Duminica (Executive Director, Impreuna), Mrs. Carmen Gheorghe (President, E-Romnja) and Mr. Ciprian Necula (Consultant World Bank).
The idea of the Embassy of Finland was to create a discussion framework to share good practices regarding the integration policies for Roma and both countries to learn from each other experience. The experts debated the problems which Roma minority is facing in both countries, and also what the state and NGO's are doing to help these communities to develop.
The conference included an exhibition with photos which presents members of Roma community from Finland in commercials for different brands and also a projection of a documentary film about history, culture and the modern day of the Finnish Roma people.