A Roma research institute has started its activities in Budapest with a staff of 11 sponsored by European funds, head of the Roma Self-government and ruling Fidesz MP Florian Farkas said on Wednesday.
The institute will analyse the overall situation of the Roma, policies that aim to improve their situation and ways for tapping financial support, Farkas told the press.
The unit will track the implementation of the Roma inclusion policies pledged by the current government, he added. He said the Hungarian model is worth to be implemented abroad and may stand as an example for Europe.
European funds worth 15 billion forints (EUR 50m) help the re-employment of Roma women, the eradication of Roma slums and the integration of Roma in the labour market, a government official said at the launching event.
The number of the Roma population in Hungary is estimated around 800,000.