New Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues Valeriu Nicolae

Strasbourg, 01.09.2016 - Today, Valeriu Nicolae, a Romanian Roma, has taken up the post of Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues.
"It is a great honour and responsibility for me to join the team of the Secretary General," said Nicolae. "I very much look forward to working for the Council of Europe and in particular with the SRSG Roma Support Team and continue advancing the human rights agenda in the Council of Europe member states."
"Since 1999, I have been closely following the development of the legal framework and the practical work carried out by the Council of Europe, seeking for solutions for the social inclusion of Roma and vulnerable groups at the grassroots level. I strongly believe in working together with member States and in building strategic alliances with all Council of Europe partners to achieve inclusive and open societies that respect human rights for all." 

Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira

September 12, 1902 – August 22, 1976, known also by his initials JK, was a prominent Brazilian politician who was President of Brazil from 1956 to 1961. His term was marked by economic prosperity and political stability, being most known for the construction of a new capital, Brasília.

A leader who favored long-term planning and who set high goals for Brazil's future, Kubitschek is viewed inside the country as the father of modern Brazil. He stands among the politicians whose legacy is held most favorably. His legacy is marred, however, by continued rumors during his tenure of extramarital affairs and gambling problems.
Kubitschek was born into a poor family in Diamantina, Minas Gerais. His father, João César de Oliveira (1872–1905), who died when Juscelino was two years old, was a traveling salesman. He was raised by his mother, a schoolteacher named Júlia Kubitschek (1873–1973), of Czech and Romani origin.


Lolita Hasani young Rromani girl from Macedonia 

The camping trailers model- an external perception of Roma housing: values and challenges

The artilce is writen by Xhekson Cela Rromani Student at CEU 

One of the heading issues recently affecting Roma community in Albania is housing. Over 25 years, the housing situation in Albania was unstable for many Roma families, (E. Mato, personal communication, February 3, 2016) in the last three years there were evictions taking place in different Roma settlements[1]

The rationale behind these evictions were either the idea that Roma were occupying public spaces (Haxhiu, 2013), or the unclear legal status of the dwell. Due to past employment issues, many Roma had to leave their places in order to get close to resources, but many failed to manage a proper legal settling, as tens of families live for approximately 10-20 years in barracks on informal sites and somehow segregated. Some many of them moved into former state warehouses. In both cases they do not have a property certificate and are in the running process to obtain one from the competent institution under the Albanian legislation. Since then, little is done to draw out efficient, long-term suitable solutions in this regard. Following the actual situation I would like to comment and provide some explanatory arguments on one interesting aspect of housing which is taking place recently. My perspective will be focused on what discursive basis and rationale is the housing aspect in this paper designed. Also, I would like to spot the positive aspects of this approach based on values, and at the same time some of the challenges that might emerge in the future.