Deputy Prime Minister Dušan Čaplovič insists on initiating a thorough investigation at the Office of the Slovak government plenipotentiary for Roma communities, the vice-premier's spokesperson, Erika Adamová, told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, June 10.
According to Čaplovič, who also has responsibilities for Knowledge-based Society, European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities, only an investigation can impartially assess the openness, effectiveness, and professionalism of that government office. The inspection should verify transparent and factual assessing of grant projects which support the cultural, educational and social activities of Roma communities.
He also rejected any connection between the dismissal of the government plenipotentiary, Anina Botošová, on the basis of possible non-transparent or improper allocation of financial resources as has been alleged by representatives of the Union of Roma of Slovakia (ÚRS).
Based on her letter of resignation, Čaplovič submitted Botošová's dismissal from the government on June 10. The former plenipotentiary said the reason for her resignation was her disapproval of the policy of vice-premier Čaplovič over solutions for Roma problems as well as the constant attacks against her and untrue accusations. She expressed to TASR her regret that the vice-premier had not given her the chance to speak directly to him and to explain the accusations she is facing. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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