Parovel was launched on 8 April 2016,International Roma Day, during an official ceremony in the Council of Europe. In his opening speech, Mr Ulrich Bunjes, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues stated:
"Change does not happen overnight. Indeed, this film only shows the beginning of what will be a long-term process, which should eventually result in more democratic societies and significantly better lives for Roma as citizens enjoying the same rights as every other citizen. [...] It is not an easy task. Without the expertise of the National Support Teams - mostly composed of Roma themselves -; without the commitment of all stakeholders - Roma citizens and local authorities -; and without the support of central governments, this task would be impossible".
The projection was also opened by representatives of the Permanent Representations of Portugal and Romania to the Council of Europe - Ms Manuela Caldas Faria, Deputy Permanent Representative, Portugal and Ms Inginur Rustem, Deputy to the Permanent Representative, Romania.
The full movie (30 minutes) is available online with English subtitles.