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EC envoys plan to visit Roma settlements in Slovakia

Slovakia’s Deputy Premier for a Knowledge-based Society, European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities, Dušan Čaplovič, is scheduled to welcome a delegation of the European Commission on Friday, September 25 that will visit Roma settlements in Košice, Prešov and Banská Bystrica regions, Ľubomír Šišák from Čaplovič's office told the TASR newswire.

Slovakia’s Deputy Premier for a Knowledge-based Society, European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities, Dušan Čaplovič, is scheduled to welcome a delegation of the European Commission on Friday, September 25 that will visit Roma settlements in Košice, Prešov and Banská Bystrica regions, Ľubomír Šišák from Čaplovič's office told the TASR newswire.

The delegation will be led by the Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Regional Policy in the European Commission, Katarína Mathernová, a Slovak national, along with the Slovak Government's Proxy for the Roma Communities, Ľudovít Galbavý.

This is the second such visit by representatives of this Directorate-General to Roma settlements following a visit to the region of Andalucia in southern Spain in the spring of 2009. The talks at the government office will evaluate the ongoing implementation of projects involving the integration of the Roma into society in Slovakia.

“Within the Horizontal Priority called 'Marginalised Roma Communities for 2007-2013', Slovakia has public resources amounting to €178 million,” said the deputy prime minister. "These funds will help us to start projects that will set up a sustainable network of cultural, social and economic areas of development with the Roma minority.”

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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