June 3rd, 2013

Hungary updates strategy for Roma inclusion, state secy says

Hungary started drafting an updated version of its strategy for the social inclusion of the Roma community, state secretary at the Human Resources Ministry Zoltan Kovacs said in Berlin on Saturday evening.

During its term of EU presidency in 2011, the Hungarian government raised the cause of Roma inclusion at the European political level, Kovacs said at the opening of the audio-visual CHB Cineromani festival of Roma films organised by the German Historical Museum and Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, the Hungarian cultural institute.

The Roma inclusion programmes launched in all EU member states under Hungary’s initiative demonstrated that each country, region or even village should apply different approaches and solutions, Kovacs said.

Hungary’s government is grateful to the German cabinet for partnering in its efforts to support Roma inclusion, he said.

Kovacs noted that German President Joachim Gauck had recently granted a high state award to Hungarian Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog in recognition of his merits in protecting minorities and human rights.

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    “protecting minorities and human rights”

    Minorities are already over-protected. How about some protection for basic human rights for everyone?

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