Coalition ANO party boss Pavol Rusko and some activists said it was unclear what happened with hundreds of millions of crowns given by local governments and the EU into various Roma projects.
Many activists think that a more addressed approach to distributing funds is necessary, stating that large sums of money have gone to various experts and advisors for the preparation of studies rather than concrete projects for the Roma.
"High bonuses are paid to various consultants, lecturers, and [study] authors. When the PHARE 1998 program that concentrated on the Spis region was evaluated, we found that out of a total Sk17 million [for the project], a non-Roma agency securing the program received Sk10 million," said journalist and human rights activist Andrej Ban.
With an estimated population of 400,000, members of the Roma minority are among the country's poorest inhabitants, often living in ghetto-like areas and settlements mainly in the east of the country.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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21. Feb 2003 at 13:38