15.11.2008The Council for Roma Integration within Ministry of Labour hold a session


The second for 2008 session of the Council for Roma Integration within Ministry of Labour and Social Policy took place on November 13 in Bankia. It was chaired by Baki Hyuseinov, National Coordinator of the Decade of Roma Inclusion. Seventeen representatives of Roma NGOs took part in the session.

The main topic discussed was about the actualization of the National Action Plan for the Decade of Roma Inclusion. All participants expressed opinion tha prompt actualization is necessary since most of the activities envisaged in the Action Plan are for 2005-2007. Many suggestions for new activities were raised.

Baki Hyuseinov pointed that Action Plan will be renewed: this is defined by Decision of the Council of Ministers from July 24 in which the competences of the National Decade Coordinator are also defined. Roma NGOs will be engaged as active participants in the process.

In his interruption Deyan Kolev, Chairman of Center “Amalipe” pointed that all activities in the Action Plan should be backed up with real financing: from the state budget, structural funds and other sources. According to him Roma NGOs and Roma community as a whole are fed up from “general political massages” and pragmatic actions backed up with financial and human resources are necessary. He raised many concrete suggestions about the “Education” part of the Action Plan.

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