Maria Atanasova, won the Young Europe Award for 2020

Every year, the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe, together with the European Youth Forum, awards the prize “Young European of the Year” to a young person who has shown a particularly strong commitment to a Europe of solidarity. This year’s winner, Maria Atanasova, comes from Bulgaria and fights for more visibility and participation of young Roma people.


Since 1997, the award has been supporting young committed Europeans with prize money of €5,000 for an internship in a European institution or to create their own project. The award is given to young adults who are committed to European integration and intercultural understanding.


Maria Atanasova (23) is awarded as Young European of the Year 2020 for her efforts to increase the visibility of young Roma people. At the age of 23, she is already a mentor supporting children and young people from the Roma community and a member of the Roma Youth Volunteer Network.


As a young Roma in Bulgaria, Maria experienced discrimination at an early age. “Romani women are often placed in separate maternity wards – segregated from non-Romani women. Discrimination against Roma begins literally at birth”, explains the midwifery student.


“As a young Roma woman, I believe in my community and in the fact that young Roma are among those who make a difference. Mutual support within our community is the path to social change. I am delighted to be honoured as Young European of the Year and I would like to use the award to make Roma and especially young Roma in Europe more visible”, says the awardee.



The list of state cards has been published, and citizens who have been left out can apply

The list is published on the website, and is based on data from the Public Revenue Office, the Employment Agency, electronic diaries in high schools and data from state universities.


Citizens entitled to state aid are divided into four groups.


The first group includes 115,927 citizens, who should receive 9,000 denars each on the card. These are low-income citizens, recipients of social assistance and unemployed, who are active job seekers registered with the Employment Agency until May 22 and last year did not earn more than 180,000 denars, and in the first four months of the year did not earn more than 60,000 denars.


The second group includes low-wage employees. The list includes a total of 117,144 people. They will receive 3,000 denars one-time assistance, and will also receive a 6,000 denars tourist voucher.


The third group is young people over the age of 16, not older than 29, active students or students at state universities. They will receive a payment card with three thousand denars, and 87,014 people are on the list.


In the fourth group are 4,934 health workers, who will receive 40 percent of their salary as a reward for treating coronavirus patients.


The cards are printed and should be delivered by the end of the week. They should be delivered to customers no later than July 18, and the funds should be used by August 15 at the latest.

Up to zero infection through three D: discipline, distance, disinfection

Data from the region show that with the easing of restrictive measures, the percentage of infected people is growing, primarily due to disrespect for personal protection.


Today is the end of the school year for Macedonian students in primary and secondary schools, in which classes from the last quarter of the year took place online for the protection of Kovid-19.


Educational obligations are not limited to students, who began taking exams on Monday under new rules and protocols in a state of emergency. Many of them complained that they had to give up taking the exams in June because the dormitories were closed, they had nowhere to stay, and they had to travel to their places of residence for each exam.


In Northern Macedonia, after several days of balances with over 100 newly infected, yesterday the number dropped slightly to 87. The government did not accept the proposal of the Commission for Infectious Diseases for Police Hours from 10 pm to 5 am, but the situation will be closely monitored in the coming days.


The Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that one of the topics will be the steps for relaxing the restrictive measures in the mutual regime of movement, within the overall similar tendencies in the region and Europe.


.To respect the three Ds: discipline, disinfection and distance. It is better to have a mask, in the interest of yours and the health of the environment, "said in an interview with BNT the director of the Bulgarian National Center for Infectious Diseases, Dr. Todor Kantardziev.



France: Roma boy 'kicked in face' highlights French police brutality claims

Interior minister says he does not understand officers’ version of events

There are growing calls for justice from the families of two alleged victims of police violence in France including a 14-year-old Roma boy left with severe facial injuries after his arrest.


Christophe Castaner, the French interior minister, has said the case of Gabriel Djordjevic, who sustained a fracture to his eye socket and four broken teeth after he claimed he was kicked by a police officer, was “troubling”.


Castaner said he did not understand the police explanation for the boy’s injuries, which was that he had fallen.


“It’s not normal that a 14-year-old boy, or anyone else, be injured during an arrest. There are two explanations: that of the young man and that of the police officers and they are totally contradictory. It’s not for me to decide which is right,” Castaner told BFMTV. He said he had referred the case to internal police investigators.



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