Veijo Baltzar was granted an honorary title Cultural Counsellor in 2011 by the President of Finland Tarja Halonen. Honorary titles, granted by the President are rare, altogether 13 000 since 1918. There are eight Cultural Counsellors in Finland.
Baltzar has been a significant activist in the sector of societal, cultural, Roma and multicultural politcs in Finland and internationally since the 1960s. His active involvement in political discourse has always stemmed from his personal interest and motivation. Baltzar has run as a candidate in Parliamentary elections and he constantly works closely with the leading Finnish and European politicians.
Veijo Baltzar is an author of numerous international and domestic societal and cultural-political initiatives. He raised the discussion of Roma Holocaust in Finland in public debate in 2010 (project The Forgotten Genocide). The exhibition “Miranda – The Roma Holocaust”, created by Baltzar the following year, launched its World Tour in Spring 2017.