The so-called Roma Reform is said to be introducing changes to the social system which will affect not only members of the Roma community, but everyone who lives on social allowances, Government Proxy for Roma Communities Peter Pollák said on Monday, December 3. The modifications to the system of social benefits and employment have been the subject of debate between the reform’s authors and Labour Ministry experts for three weeks.
“We’re not going to unveil the measures yet so as to be able to discuss the reform further with experts and draft the legislation in a manner whereby it will directly concern the target group,” said Pollák as quoted by the TASR newswire. By his own admission, all new measures may not necessarily be presented publicly until next year. He stressed, however, that efficiency of the measures – rather than their speedy unveiling – are crucial.
The current scheme of social allowances only considers one’s entitlement to them while failing to take into account one’s ‘responsibilities’ vis-à-vis receiving such social benefits, said Pollák. The overhaul will help distinguish responsible and irresponsible parents, for example, a concept that is missing from current legislation. He added that despite the troubling economic times he does not expect the changes to trigger social unrest. According to previously announced measures that the legislation is set to introduce, repeat violators of the law will have their subsistence benefits and other allowances reduced if they continue to flout authorities.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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