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Roma politicians blame cabinet

THE LARGEST political party representing the Slovak Roma minority called on the country's government to stop the "mindless spending of money for worthless activities connected with the Roma minority", news wire TASR reported.

According to Alexander Patkoló, the chairman of the Roma Initiative of Slovakia (RIS), both state budget money and European Union funds have been misused to organise conferences, seminars, and trainings of the "bum chim chichi type [that beats the drum but has no real effect]".

Patkoló mentioned a recent seminar on Roma culture, organized by the Culture Ministry along with the Forum Institute based in Šamorín, near Bratislava. He said that, paradoxically, no Roma organizations were involved in the preparations of the event.

Patkoló described the situation as an "institutional humiliation of the Roma minority by the Culture Ministry".

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