Welcome to the FES Office Romania
Romania’s Trade Unions at the Crossroads
A new FES publication about the trade union’s situation in Romania, that underlines the effects of the 2011 labor and social dialogue law reform on the employees’ freedom of association, the collective bargaining coverage, but also the structural problems that the trade union movement is facing and that needs to be addressed from within. Find out more on the topic by reading the study here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/12924-20161123.pdf
Conference: Together against Human Trafficking. Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the Wake of the Refugee Crisis. Challenges and Practical Lessons
Human trafficking in general and human trafficking for forced labour in particular is a crime that often goes under-reported due to its covert nature, various misconceptions about its definition, and lack of awareness at the local and regional levels. It is also overwhelmingly perpetrated by organized crime groups that operate in various countries, and this transnational crime dimension makes it harder to combat. Romania, along with other SEE countries, is important for these networks not only as a transit, but especially as origin country. The reasons for this are the extreme poverty and vulnerability (economic instability, ethnic discrimination, natural disasters etc.), the violence against women and domestic violence, the “west mirage” – a false promise for a better job and high or fast incomes –, population growth in poor communities etc.
The conference is organised on Friday, 18 November 2016, by FES Romania in partnership with the European Center for Legal Education and Research (ECLER) with the support of the German, Swedish, British and Dutch Embassies in Bucharest.
The main goals of the conference are to explore to which extent the refugee humanitarian crisis has reshaped the structures and ways of operation of human trafficking networks in Europe; and to take a closer, more critical look at the approaches and practices used in fighting human trafficking and exploitation with a particular emphasis on the consequences for Romania's policy and law enforcement response.
Europe’s Security Governance and Transatlantic Relations
A new FES Publication by the new FES Office in Vienna: If one agrees that the Ukraine crisis is only the symptom, not the cause, of the current crisis in EU-Russian relations, a comprehensive rethinking of security in Europe between the EU and Russia is desperately needed. The EU and its member states cannot avoid some serious decision-making. Find out more on the topic by reading the study here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/12905.pdf
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!