Can the joining of USA into Decade of Roma Inclusion be a guarantee of initiative`s further success?

"I am proud to announce that the United States will join the Decade of Roma Inclusion as an official observer. This commitment is admirable by European governments, and it will help improve opportunities for Roma to participate in the political, social, economic, and cultural lives of their communities. Bulgaria is a founding member of this initiative, so I’m very pleased that I could announce the United States joining this effort here in Sofia. I also want to commend the Government of Bulgaria for their Roma integration strategy and urge that they work together with the Roma communities and other people of interest to implement the plans that have been adopted." - Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, in remarks at a Roundtable With Young Roma Professionals (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 5 February 2012.

Can the joining of USA into Decade of Roma Inclusion be a guarantee of initiative`s further success?

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Roma in Europe became the spotlight of USA’s administration

"Respected Mrs. Clinton, ... I want to foremost thank for making it clear during your visit to Sofia and talk with Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev and representatives of NGO sector that human rights of Roma in Europe became the spotlight of USA’s administration. I am especially rejoiced because USA will join Decade of Roma inclusion 2005-2015 as an official observer. I want to inform you that initiative Roma Decade ... only a dead letter on the paper, because development of adequate monitoring and evaluating system as well as inclusion of countries signers of Roma Decade aren’t everyday obligation within the adoption of initiatives for creation of the European Roma policy ... I would like to put an accent to your personal efforts and permanent obligation of USA’s president Barrack Obama’s administration to continue to raise awareness related to the problems with which are Roma community faced, to fight against every form of discrimination of Roma, and to contributed to achieving of inclusion of Roma nation through the use of all resources that are on disposal in that fight." - Bajram Haliti, president of the Journalism-informative agency of Roma (Serbia), in Open Letter to US Secretary of State.

This is largely media hype and US government rhetoric. The Decade of Inclusion needs bottom-up 'people involvement' and the voice of the silent Roma everywhere, ordinary people. Not still another politician, this time from a US government official who was partially in Bulgaria to discuss its military base on the Black Sea, and perhaps questions about Bulgarian resistance to shale gas exploration by US firms. 'Monitoring and evaluating' must be from the bottom up. Some Roma activists think Bulgarian politicians continue to pocket EU and CoE funds, but intentionally do little to improve the situation so that funds can continue to roll in.
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Can the joining of USA into Decade of Roma Inclusion be a guarantee of initiative`s further success?

Yes because... No because...

Good offices

While no observer is a 'guarantee' of anything (they need to be much more than an observer for there to be guarantees) it is undoubtedly a good thing. Outside observers can be seen as independent and will encourage countries to keep to their commitments. In an initiative like this where the members attentions are inevitably going to be elsewhere (primarily towards the economy and Euro for the moment) on account of it being a relatively minor issue for each state involved an observer is needed to encourage governments to keep moving - when it is a high profile observer like the US that can potentially kick up a fuss and get high level access so much the better.

This is unlikely to mean anything at all. The US might have a lot of access and influence but is it likely to use it? NO. Its relations with the European states are much more important to it than anything to do with the Roma. If the US was serious about something like this it would have joined long ago.

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