Cordóba 8 April 2010: Soraya Post, Vice President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum and Vivane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission had a meeting on 7 April 2010 before the Second EU Roma Summit. Political participation of the need for the Roma Strategy were discussed.
Vice president of the ERTF welcomed the Luxembourger politician on the occasion of the International Roma Day. The focus of their informal consultation was on political participation and the situation of Romani women. Soraya Post expressed her concern over the worrying trends concerning Romani representation in the elected bodies all around in Europe: “Roma are disproportionately overrepresented among the poorest and the most disadvantaged in Europe whilst disproportionately underrepresented in the European institutions, as well as in the national elected bodies. There’s only one Romani MEP in the European Parliament and I’m wondering whether there is one single Roma staff member at the European Commission. We have to change this trend.” She said.