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Newsletter: May 2011

A monthly look at developments and news from Equality

In May:
Lucie Fremlova wrote on blog on Equality's website on developments seven years after eight Central European countries joined the EU: Welcome to the EU

Equality wrote to Andrew Stunell MP, Minister at the Department of Communities and Local Government, to urge the UK government to implement the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies by December 2011 and to ask about government plans to consult Non Governmental Organisations and Local Authorities working with Roma communities in the drafting of the strategy areas: education, employment, healthcare and housing.

Alan Anstead wrote an article in the Spring 2011 edition of the Runnymede Bulletin on the impact of the My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding TV series on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities: Entertaining, perhaps, but at what cost?

On 18 May,
Lucie Fremlova and Alan Anstead participated in the Joseph Rowntree Foundation seminar on poverty and ethnicity.

And on the same day, Lucie Fremlova participated in a discussion at the House of Lords on involving civil society in the work of the Council of Europe. The UK will chair the CoE Council of Ministers from November 2011 - May 2012.

On 26 - 27 May, Alan Anstead participated in the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance's seminar in Strasbourg with national Specialised Bodies on racism and racial discrimination in employment. ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe which monitors and reports on racism and intolerance.

On 31 May, Alan Anstead led a training session for 50 members of EQUINET European Network of Equality Bodies on communicating equality: effective communication strategies for Equality Bodies.