The largest Roma political party in Slovakia called on the country's government to stop the "mindless earmarking of money for worthless activities connected with the Roma minority," news wire TASR reported.
According to Roma Initiative of Slovakia (RIS) chairman Alexander Patkoló, both state budget money and European Union funds have been misused to organise conferences, seminars and training of the " bum chim chichi type [that beats the drum but has no real effect]".
Patkoló mentioned a recent seminar on Roma culture, organised by the Culture Ministry along with the Forum Institute based in Samorín (near Bratislava). He objected that no Roma organisations were involved in the preparations.
The Roma leader described the situation as "institutional humiliation of the Roma minority by the Culture Ministry".
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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4. Nov 2003 at 10:07