Starting October 1, opposition MP Peter Pollák of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), who is the only Roma representative serving in the Slovak parliament, will become the new government proxy for minorities.
Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák (Smer) under whose remit the office of the proxy was shifted recently, offered this post to the OĽaNO party. Moreover, Smer is expected to pass, together with OĽaNO, a package of legislative measures aimed at solving the Roma issue. The package is to be based on ten pillars out of which about hundred specific measures will be implemented. The Interior Ministry plans to publish the measures by October 15, the TASR newswire wrote.
“We wanted to approach this government priority in a different way, as until now more words than specific steps concerned this issue… We wanted to give the post of proxy a different dimension and insight. We decided on Mr. Pollák, as he has been dealing with this issue, as he is part of the Roma community and as an MP, he is involved in forming the legislation,” Kaliňák told a press conference eon Tuesday, September 18, as quoted by TASR.
Matovič hopes to solve the long-neglected issue thanks to cooperation with Smer. He said he thought that the state should improve conditions for Roma, but at the same time intervene in cases of citizens who abuse the current legislation. Peter Pollák will replace in this chair Miroslav Pollák, who was nominated in July 2010 by the government of former prime minister Iveta Radičová. Apart from this change, the office of proxy for minorities will also probably be moved, from Bratislava to Spišská Nová Ves in the east of Slovakia.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Sep 2012 at 14:00