Welcome to the FES Office Romania
Conference: Right-wing Extremism and Hate Crime. Political, Legal and Administrative Approaches
The nationalist, xenophobic discourse is making a comeback everywhere in Europe. Romania is no exception, despite lacking prominent extremist parties or leaders. Some of this comeback feeds on ideas and positions that were common to the between-the-two-wars Romanian Extreme Right. Especially in the recent years, the Romanian public debate failed to address the issue from high civic and moral grounds, to acknowledge and condemn firmly the mistakes of the past and to trace clear demarcation lines for the defense and consolidation of the democratic mainstream. What we’ve seen so far, in spite of new legislation tackling extremist manifestations, discrimination and hate crime, was often a sense of reluctance from the entire political body and the public institutions alike to confront these phenomena that threaten human dignity and democracy.
Against this background, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) together with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania would like to invite you to a conference on how to tackle hate crime and right-wing extremism with political, legal and administrative means. The conference will take place in Bucharest, on 1 November 2016.
The program can be downloaded from here: Romanian/English. Participation is available with prior registration.
The recognition and protection of families based on same-sex couples - public debate
On 23 June in Bucharest, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Romania together with the Anti-discrimination Coalition invited to a public debate on: ”The Recognition and protection of families based on same-sex couples”. The event was organized in the framework of Bucharest Pride 2016 and aimed to bring to the attention of legal practitioners and specialists several problematic legislative gaps regarding the recognition and protection of same-sex couples and families. The event hosted also the launch of the Expert Report conducted by PD Dr. Friederike Wapler for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, concerning Constitutionality issues of opening the marriage to same-sex couples.
The report translated in Romanian can be downloaded here.
The agenda of the meeting cand be consulted here.
Follow the LIVE-Event online, Monday 20. June: EUROPE CALLING
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, will devote time to answer questions that are asked through twitter following his speech at 1.30 pm (CEST). Please use the #ec16berlin to comment or ask questions to the panelists:
• Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
• Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
• Aydan Özoğuz, Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration in Germany
• Laura Slimani, President of the Young European Socialists
• Radek Sikorski, Former Foreign Minister of Poland
• Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Full schedule available here!
Financial crisis, refugee crisis, Brexit crisis: Those are the driving forces that are polarizing the political debate in Europe. Their severity has contributed to a lack of trust in the ability of the European Union and its member states to find joint solutions for these central challenges.
It’s time to ask: What is keeping Europe together? What unites us? And what kind of progressive European policies are fit to counter the pessimism and legitimate worries caused by theses crisis?
With EUROPE CALLING the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will address these questions and develop ideas for a social, fair and free Europe. Join the discussion!
SOE: Dialog Southeast Europe
Based in Sarajevo, the Regional Dialogue Southeast Europe (Dialogue SOE) coordinates the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s efforts to advance democratic consolidation, social and economic justice and peace through regional cooperation. For information on the activity of the office visit the new webpage: www.fes-southeasteurope.org
A Shared European Home - The European Union, Russia and the Eastern Partnership
In the new FES Perspective eleven authors from the EU, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine advocate for a pragmatic policy of the EU vis-a-vis its eastern neighbours: The deep crisis in EU-Russia relations should not prevent Brussels from seeking cooperation in areas where mutual interests coincide. Opportunities exist in the economic sphere, in technical and scientific cooperation, in civil society exchange, and in global politics. Find out more by reading here: http://www.fes.de/lnk/sharedhome