Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, granted on June 13, 2014 the European Parliament’s high patronage to the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative 2014:
The work of your organisation and the purpose of your initiative, namely to raise awareness of the Roma genocide during the Holocaust, are much appreciated by the European Parliament. Atrocities such as the ones committed against the Roma population during WWII should never be allowed to happen again. That is why your committed work to keep the memory alive is so important. An official day of remembrance of the Roma Genocide will not undo the sufferings or bring back the victims of the Holocaust, but it can serve as a warning, a tribute and a lesson.
Unfortunately, even today in a modern and free Europe, the Roma are still being subject to discrimination. One of the core values of the European Union is the principle of non-discrimination and it is our duty to ensure the respect of fundamental rights for all. The European Parliament is known for its dedication to promoting and defending human rights in Europe and all over the world, and its efforts to put an end to any form of social exclusion and discrimination affecting minority groups, including the Roma.
It is therefore with great pleasure that I grant the European Parliament’s high patronage to your initiative. Unfortunately, due to a prior engagement, I will be unable to attend your event in person.
I hope you will accept my best wishes for the event and I am sure it will be a great success.