18. 08. 2016


The Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic and the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for the Roma Communities hereby announce the first year of the European Roma Spirit Award!

The first ever European Roma Spirit Award (ERSA) ceremony will be implemented under auspices and in cooperation with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, and the Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Ján Richter.

We believe that the first year of the European Roma Spirit Award will bring many extraordinary projects, activities, organizations and individuals that are a real proof of effective work improving the living conditions of Roma in Europe,“ says Magdaléna Rothová, ACEC Director.

We are accepting the ERSA nominations of good practice examples of individuals, non-governmental organizations, companies, municipalities and other subjects that are in their daily work improving the quality of life and social conditions of Roma minority in our society until September 8, 2016.

The winners in respective categories will be selected by an International Jury of experts composed of the representatives of the cultural, social and political life in the European Union and abroad. It is also our great pleasure to announce that Mgr. Věra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, accepted our invitation to be a Chairperson of the International Jury.

The ERSA award ceremony will take place on October 10, 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia and will be televised by the Radio and Television of Slovakia.


Nominations for the European Roma Spirit Award can be submitted by natural or legal persons by filling out an online application form at www.romaspirit.eu or by downloading a pdf form from this website and sending it to ersa@romaspirit.eu.


The European Roma Spirit Award is presented for implementation of activities focusing on support and development of Roma minority and for spreading a positive message of tolerance and understanding in these five Categories:

1. Non-Governmental Organization

2. Company & Employer

3. Municipality

4. Personality

5. Media

Basic evaluating criteria of the nominations include a time period of implementation of nominated activities; results of the activities and their measurability; motivational impact of the activities on their surroundings, environment, positive public perception, and other qualities; uniqueness, originality and creativity of the solution.

The European Roma Spirit Award is a continuation of the Roma Spirit project implemented in Slovakia and Czech Republic since 2009. Over the years, more than 1500 nominations were received solely in these two countries.

Significant personalities who participated in the Roma Spirit award as former Jury members include Václav Havel, Michael Kocáb, Katarína Mathernová, Andrzej Mirga, Rumyan Russinov, Nicholas Martyn, Costel Bercus, Orhan Galjus, Monica Nicoara, Sahraa Karimi, Elena Marushiakova, Angelina Dimiter Taikon, Ion Duminica, Hristo Kyuchukov, Peter Pollák, Jaroslav Kiska, Magda Vášáryová, Nicholas Martyn, Zelko Jovanovic , Jarmila Vaňová, Jarmila Lajčáková, Nils Muižnieks, Navanethem Pillay, and many others.


Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC)

Šafárikovo nám. 2, Bratislava, Slovakia


The Association for Culture, Education, and Communication (ACEC) is a non-governmental organization which aims to create understanding, support international cultural exchange, broaden education and create opportunities for the future continuation of mutual communication. Since our inception in 1999, the Association has focused on current social affairs, aiming to enhance culture, support education, and deepen and strengthen communication within Slovakia and internationally.