Five members of European Parliament learn about Roma issues in eastern Slovakia

A delegation of five members of the European Parliament completed their two-day visit to Prešov region on Saturday, October 9, the organiser of the visit, Ivan Lesay, told the TASR newswire. The MEPs were interested in, among other issues, the integration of socially-disadvantaged groups of people into society. According to Lesay, the envoys witnessed both good and bad practices regarding social inclusion of Roma residents.

A delegation of five members of the European Parliament completed their two-day visit to Prešov region on Saturday, October 9, the organiser of the visit, Ivan Lesay, told the TASR newswire.

The MEPs were interested in, among other issues, the integration of socially-disadvantaged groups of people into society. According to Lesay, the envoys witnessed both good and bad practices regarding social inclusion of Roma residents.

"I can't imagine any other regions but Prešov and Košice regions where at least two distinct groups of Roma can be identified – those who want to integrate and those who aren't integrated in society," said MEP Monika Flašíková-Beňová, who added that the latter group in particular, where children make up a large number of the total, is in need of assistance.

According to Flašíková-Beňová, the MEPs learned more about the actual life of Roma in Slovakia as hardly any of the envoys had that information earlier.

"We'll visit Romania in October and Hungary in November. Later on, we'll also pay visits to Italy and France – the countries from which the Roma were deported recently," she said.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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