Brussels calls on Slovakia not to segregate Roma at schools

Despite adopting measures to eliminate segregation, the EC considers the steps insufficient.

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Slovakia should comply with EU rules on equal treatment of Roma schoolchildren.

This stems from a reasoned opinion the European Commission sent to the country on October 10.

The EU Racial Equality Directive prohibits discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin in a number of key areas of life, including education.

“In Slovakia, however, a disproportionate share of Roma children are placed in special schools or classes for children with mental disabilities, and there are also different methods of marginalisation in mainstream education by placing Roma children in separate Roma-only classes or in Roma-only schools,” the EC explained.

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