Cluj-Napoca has been elected European Youth Capital 2015, a considerable opportunity for the young Roma to be heard at European level!

The event “So Keres Europa?!” brought together 300 young people who conducted civic and youth activities for a period of 7 days (12 to 19 July 2015), in Cluj-Napoca. The event was organized by the international network Phiren Amenca in partnership with Nevo Parudimos Association, a number of local partners in Cluj and other international associations.
For 7 days, young Roma and non-Roma prople across Europe have become one community, a movement , a voice in the European Youth Capital 2015.

The purpose of the youth event was to initiate debates and moments of reflection on some specific issues related to Roma youth and to make a better cooperation between Roma youth representatives and those of other ethnic groups in the future.

The agenda included thematic workshops, special activities through which participants learned more about the situation of the Roma community in Europe, they learned and discussed human rights and antigypsysm. Also, the climax of the event was the march of solidarity with the Roma community in Pata Rat.

This march was dedicated to the 76 Roma families that were evicted illegally, by force, from their homes, by local authorities in Cluj Napoca, five years ago when they were moved from Costa Street, next to the city’s landfill.

For more information on the rally and to view the open letter of the Roma Solidarity March click on the links:


“So Keres Europe!?” was initiated by the international network Phiren Amenca together with Former Volunteers Platform and in partnership with the following national and international associations :

-Nevo Parudimos Association (Resita, Romania)

-Tikvah Association (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

-Coastei Street Association (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

-The Christian Foundation Diakonia (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

-Centre for European Initiatives (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria)

-Go Free (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

-Minority Voice (Belgrade, Serbia)

-Romano Suno (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

-Uco Dikhipen (Bucharest, Romania)

-UCTRR (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Nevo Parudimos Association participated in this event with a team of five people: two organizers involved in the management team of the event from the beginning, and three volunteers.

Phiren Amenca: