World Bank supports Roma official

The World Bank has praised the work of the government’s special appointee for Roma issues, Klára Orgovánová, saying she had “achieved very positive results” with the over $278,000 the bank granted her office in 2000.

Orgovánová used the money to build up her government plenipotentiary office, to train its staff in working with the Roma, and to build a regional office in east Slovakia’s Prešov.

The bank did not comment on the new cabinet’s indecision over whether to continue the office, or the plan of one government member party to drastically change its approach to the Roma according to the model of Israeli kibbutzes of the 1960s to 1970s.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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