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Appointee for Roma lashes out at government

Slovakia's cabinet appointee for Roma issues lashed out at the Slovak government for neglecting its strategy to integrate local Roma communities, as its measures have served to segregate rather than integrate one of Europe's poorest minorities, news wire TASR wrote.

Speaking at a meeting on the 2005-2015 Decade for Roma Integration initiative in Budapest, Klára Orgovánová said that the recent Roma rioting against social reforms should have sparked a discussion of the minority’s problems, but that never happened.

"I had expected the developments to cause us to more deeply discuss our actions, developments, and the lesson for the future. Unfortunately, such a discussion has not transpired either at the political or societal level," she said.

Last year in April the Slovak government adopted a strategy to integrate the Roma communities into the rest of Slovak society. But the reforms and measures of ministers seem to ignore the strategy, while implemented measures have frequently contributed to the further segregation of Roma communities.

Orgovanová attended the event along with her counterparts from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, and Hungary.

The World Bank and the Open Society Institute initiated the project.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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