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Funding for minorities reduced this year

MINORITIES living in Slovakia will receive some €420,000 less for cultural activities than last year, former government proxy for minorities Laszlo Nagy from Most-Hid said on January 27.

MINORITIES living in Slovakia will receive some €420,000 less for cultural activities than last year, former government proxy for minorities Laszlo Nagy from Most-Hid said on January 27.

Minorities received €4.25 million last year while this year it will be only €3.83 million.

"Once again the government has shown arrogance with regard to ethnic minority issues," said Nagy, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Nagy pointed out that Hungarians will receive €1.98 million, €634,109 will go to Roma, €263,482 to Ruthenians and €206,024 to Czechs. Other minorities to receive money from the Government include Ukrainians, Germans, Poles, Jews, Russians, Croats, Bulgarians, Moravians and Serbs. A dialogue between the majority population and ethnic minorities and groups will be promoted with another €229,755.

The money goes toward things like minority broadcasts and educational initiatives, according to Nagy, adding that the situation for minorities in Slovakia has deteriorated, especially for Hungarians and Ruthenians. He also mentioned the new model for disbursing money to minorities, which was approved by the government despite Hungarian and Ruthenian opposition.

"The new model is unfair and goes against the biggest ethnic minorities in Slovakia," said Nagy, as quoted by TASR.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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