SLOVAKIA’S only Roma MP will become the government’s plenipotentiary for Roma communities.
Opposition Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) MP Peter Pollák will take up the post as of October 1, announced Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, under whose remit the proxy office was shifted recently, on September 18.
Moreover, the ruling Smer party is expected to pass, in collaboration with OĽaNO, a package of legislative measures aimed at solving the Roma issue. The package will be based on ten pillars out of which about 100 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,” Kaliňák said, as quoted by TASR. “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.”
The appointment of Pollák provoked negative reactions among other opposition parties who suggested that it resembled secret coalition cooperation between Smer and OĽaNO. The party’s leader, Igor Matovič, dismissed the accusations, saying he and Pollák were able to come to an agreement with Smer since they were willing to solve the problem.