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Press Release of the Alliance for the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture
Submitted by Roma Network on 1 June 2016
1 June 2016
It is our pleasure to announce that important steps have been taken to pave the way for the creation of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).
On 25th of May 2016, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has officially accepted the offer of the German government to host the Institute in Berlin. The Committee of Ministers has also adopted the documents relevant for the formal establishment of ERIAC, including the draft statutes, making it possible to begin the process of registration of ERIAC as an independent foundation under German law.
With these decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers, the Alliance for the European Institute for Arts and Culture as one of the founding partners, will assist the process of registration and setting up of ERIAC in Berlin. Over the next few weeks, the PAKIV Board of Trustees will be established, composed of delegates of the three founding partners; the remaining 2 seats on the PAKIV Board will be taken up by representatives of the ERIAC membership. Meanwhile, we will announce a public open call for the position of Executive Director. In addition, we will finalize the process of setting up the office of ERIAC in Berlin as well as publish a call for membership. Membership of the foundation will be open to Roma and non-Roma artists, scholars, cultural managers and producers, as well as Roma and non-Roma civil society organizations, public institutions and private sector companies wishing to support the foundation and sharing its aims and values. The Membership Charter sets out the rights and obligations of ERIAC members.
Our hope is to launch the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in the autumn of 2016 in Berlin with the founding parties and with the Europe’s thriving Roma arts and cultural scene.
*** The Alliance for the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, the Council of Europe, and the Open Society Foundations are the founding partners of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC). The objective of the foundation is to promote artistic and cultural creativity of Roma to a European audience and thereby to increase the self-esteem of Roma in Europe and tackle the widespread and deep-rooted negative prejudice towards Roma in mainstream society.
Official documents adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the 25th of May 2016:
CM(2016)47-final / Establishment of a European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture - b. Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) — Draft Memorandum of Understanding [1257 meeting] (Public)
GR-SOC(2016)3-final / European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC): Membership Charter - Information document provided by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues (Public)
GR-SOC(2016)4-final / Terms of reference for the independent evaluation of the “European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture” in 2017 ‒ Draft outline concept - Information document provided by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues (Public)