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Slovakia’s OĽaNO party holds news conference to discuss Roma issues
24 Jul 2012 Flash News
The chairman of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) party, Igor Matovič, and MP Alojz Hlina from the same party disagree somewhat over how to address issues pertaining to the Roma population, the TASR newswire wrote after OLaNO's held a press conference on July 23.
Hlina has proposed that the state redefine the number of children within families that it can support and alter allowances provided to parents upon the birth of children.While showing respect for Hlina's approach, Matovič said that he does not concur with it. Matovič added that while Hlina advocates a single solution, he promotes a comprehensive package of 20-30 measures dealing with Roma issues.
Smer has been considering replacing current the government proxy for the Roma Communities, Miroslav Pollák, and transferring the office from Bratislava to an area with a sizeable Roma population, such as near the eastern Slovak town of Spišská Nová Ves in Košice region. Matovič told the media that there have been some unofficial 'feelers' between OĽaNO and Smer concerning Roma issues but he rejected claims that his party has its eyes set on nominating someone for the the post of government proxy.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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