Former MEP; Founder, Járóka Livia Talent Supporting Association

“I am excited and honoured to be part of the World Summit on Ethics in Sports as it is one of the best platforms to make people aware of a healthy, self-conscious and nature conscious living, fighting poverty and for equal rights.

People coming from a disadvantaged background today in Europe are subject to very bad health conditions which makes most of them incapable to enter the labour force.

Sport has huge potentials as integrator for someone coming from the ghettos or Europe’s rural poor settlements, therefore a strong sport and health element must accompany all poverty reduction mechanisms.”

Lívia Járóka, PhD. (1974) is an anthropologist and a human rights activist. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2014. She was the initiator and European Parliament rapporteur of the European Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies launched by the EU in 2011 aiming at the economic integration of the 40 million poorest European citizens.

She was the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament for 10 years. She has been carrying out extensive ethnographic research among poor communities throughout Europe since her 20’s and has been active in the forefront of Hungarian and other international civil organisations aiming at the empowerment of the poor, prominent among them, Roma communities.

In 2006 and 2013 she was awarded MEP of the year in the category of Justice and Fundamental Rights. In 2014 she founded the Járóka Livia Talent Supporting Association to help children and their families fight poverty with an integrated atmosphere of education and sport. She also paved the way for a generation of progressive local economic actors and leaders come together and contribute to the betterment of the poor communities.