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Ground-breaking report on Slovak Roma

BEN Slay, Director of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, has described the new Report on the Living Conditions of Roma in Slovakia as providing "ground-breaking data on the debilitating cycle of poverty which traps so many Roma in Slovakia".

Released on June 12 in Brussels, the report is a part of the long-term efforts being made by the UNDP to acquire reliable information on poverty in Central and Eastern Europe, the TASR news wire wrote. Slovak MEP Vladimír Maňka (Party of European Socialists) was among the representatives of the European Parliament to receive a copy of the report.

Published in co-operation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Erich Brost Stiftung, the study involved a team of independent consultants and experts from the UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava. It was based on data from the Roma Household Survey 2005, which was carried out by the UNDP and the World Bank.

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