On 27/03/2012 the Bulgarian EPP Group Delegation organized a celebration in the European Parliament honouring the International Roma Day. MEP Lívia Járóka, a host of the event spoke about celebrating Roma culture, paying tribute to the centuries-long common history of Roma and non-Roma, and underlined the necessity of effectively implementing the European Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies.
The Bulgarian EPP Group Delegation organized a celebration in the European Parliament honouring the International Roma Day. In her speech MEP Lívia Járóka reminded that the International Roma Day was celebrated throughout the world since 1990, remembering the 1971 opening session of the World Roma Congress in Orpington. "This day is a celebration of Romani culture, raising awareness of the issues facing Romani people, a tribute to our centuries-long common history and a proud confession of "romipen", being Roma" – she said. However, Járóka also emphasized that despite the efforts for its propagation by civil activists and politicians, the vast majority of European Roma had never even heard of this day. This is symptomatic for the situation of Roma who have not developed their ability to participate in the decisions affecting their lives, to effectively and firmly articulate their needs and to rise above the role of a passive target group.