Ruling Fidesz MEP Lívia Járóka marked International Romani Day on Thursday, and called for the bearing of joint responsibility for Roma communities hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic.
Járóka said in a statement that the suffering and hardships caused by the health and economic crises resulting from the pandemic had left their marks on 2020.
“On International Romani Day, we speak out also for our Roma friends in trouble and hardship because we know that there is hope and their tribulations will come to an end,” she added.
Fifty years ago, when the first international meeting of Romanies was held in Britain, the world’s Roma communities declared that they accepted each other as brothers and sisters, Járóka said. A Roma identity was institutionalised at international level and it has enriched European and global societies ever since, she added.
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