On Thursday (18 December), during a ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office, the "European Civil Rights Prize of Sinti and Roma" will be awarded to Władisław Bartoszewski, former Polish Foreign Minister and currently State Secretary for Intercultural Dialogue in the Chancellery of the Polish Prime Minister. Mr Bartoszewski will receive the prize for his exemplary commitment to achieving civil rights and equal opportunities for members of the Roma and Sinti minorities in Europe.
The ceremony will be opened by Günter Gloser, Minister of State for Europe. The laudatory speech will be delivered by Erwin Teufel, former Minister-President of Land Baden-Württemberg. EU Commissioner László Kovácz and the prize sponsor, Manfred Lautenschläger, will also pay tribute to the winner.
The European Civil Rights Prize is being awarded for the first time by the Central Committee and the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma and the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation. It is designed to honour deeds and active commitment towards equal opportunities for and non-discrimination of Roma and Sinti. A total of around 10 to 12 million Sinti and Roma are citizens of a European state.
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