Scientific and Research Association for Art, Cultural and Educational Programmes and Technology EPEKA, Social Enterprise, was founded in 2008. EPEKA Association was founded as an initiative to connect creators of cultural, artistic, educational, scientific and technological content for the European Capital of Culture 2012 project. One year later, EPEKA proposed the Municipality of Maribor to submit candidacy for the European Youth Capital title. Consequently, Maribor became the European Youth Capital in 2013. We continue our activity in the field of EU citizenship, EU values and intercultural dialogue. EPEKA has branches abroad: EPEKA Czech Republic, EPEKA Austria, EPEKA Serbia, EPEKA Turkey, EPEKA UK, EPEKA Berlin and an informal group of youth EPEKA Armenia. We also have affiliate branches in Ljubljana and Izola. Epeka has a long history of working with underprivileged social groups both with youth and adults, promoting the rights of the Roma minority in Slovenia and enabling and empowering them. One of the most prominent results of this was the opening of Romani Kafenava, the first Roma restaurant in the EU working on the principles of social entrepreneurship. This was a part of an ambitious ESF operation and the restaurant is still operational several years after the end of financing. It was also seen as a very good practice by many institutions – e.g. https://www.coe.int/en/web/human-rights-education-youth/-/roma-restaurant-romani-kafenava?inheritRedirect=true.
– President: Štefan Simončič
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