Lívia Járóka (born 6 October 1974, in Tata) is a Hungarian politician of part Romani ethnicity. She is a Member of the European Parliament, first elected as part of the Fidesz list in 2004. Járóka is the second Romani (but the first Romani woman) ever elected to the European Parliament; the first was Juan de Dios Ramírez Heredia from Spain, who served from 1994 to 1999.
|Member of the European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
15 September 2017
20 July 2004 – 30 June 2014
|Born||6 October 1974|
Tata, People's Republic of Hungary
Járóka grew up in Sopron, a town near Hungary's western border with Austria. Her father is ethnically Roma, her mother Hungarian. After getting an MA in sociology from the Warsaw campus of the Central European University on a scholarship from the Soros-funded Open Society Institute she went on to study anthropology in Britain, focusing on Romani issues and culture. In August 2003 she had a daughter and a son in 2007. In 2012 she finished her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University College of London.
Though a receiver of a scholarship of the Soros-funded Open Society Institute and graduated from the Central European University, Járóka never condemned publicly the anti-Soros campaign organized by her far-right home party Fidesz targeting George Soros and the Central European University.
She is Chair of the Working Group of the European People's Party on Roma Inclusion and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. She is also a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Delegation for Relations with India. She is a substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, as well as the Committee on Human Rights.
In 2014 she retired as an MEP but returned on 15 September 2017 after Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz left the European Parliament. She was elected a Vice-President of the European Parliament on 15 November 2017. She was re-elected in that position on 3 July 2019.
She is married and has two children.
- September 2000-April 2002: Ethnographic field research on assimilation tendencies of Roma in Hungary
- May 1998-May 2001: Sociological research among Roma students of Gandhi Gimnazium, Hungary
- 2000 - 2003 University College of London, PhD research on ethnic relations and economics, identity and radicalisation in cultural self-representation of the young Roma in the 8. District, an urban slum in Budapest
- Elected Young Global Leader in 2006 by the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum
- 2006 and 2013 Member of the European Parliament of the Year (MEP) award in the category of Justice and Fundamental Rights
- Awarded the Romanian Foreign Ministry's Excellency Award for the Social Integration of Minorities in 2010
- Awarded the Presidential Order of Merit of Hungary for her outstanding work during the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2011
- Won the St. Adalbert Award of the Hungarian Association of Christian Intellectuals in 2011
- Award of the "Fundación Secretariado Gitano" in 2012
- "Dobrev és Járóka az Európai Parlament alelnökei lettek". Index.hu. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
- parlament.hu - Biography
- Official Website
- Speech by Lívia Járóka at Second European Roma Summit
- University College London student profile
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