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European Platform for Roma Inclusion

Between 25 and 26 October 2022, the 15th European Platform for Roma Inclusion took place in Prague. The event was attended by mag. Stanko Baluh, the Director of the Government Office for National Minorities, and two of his colleagues, as the Office also performs the tasks of the national Roma contact point.

The European Platform for Roma Inclusion is a form of consultative participatory forum at the EU level in which the main stakeholders in the Roma inclusion process (national, local, civil and social, and Roma) are given the opportunity to discuss and consider the most crucial challenges affecting the situation of the Roma community in Europe. Its aim is to promote cooperation and the exchange of experience between all stakeholders about the successful policies and practices relating to integrating Roma in society. The European Commission annually organises such an event, usually in cooperation with the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The purpose of this meeting was to enable all participants, especially the representatives of civil society, to discuss together how to strengthen and improve the realisation of policies for Roma integration into society and the measures arising from these policies. The emphasis was on the joint responsibility of all stakeholders, participating in the Roma inclusion process, i.e. national and local authorities, Roma and the European institutions. The question of Roma in Ukraine was addressed at the event, which was followed by the opinion exchange and the exchange of good practices regarding the elimination of segregation in education and when accessing housing and the possibility of financing measures to improve the equality, inclusion and participation of Roma people in Europe. The participants were initially addressed by Helena Dalli, the EU Commissioner for Equality, and Věra Jourová, the Vice-President of the European Commission, at the closing of the event via a video message.

With their presence at the event, the representatives of the Government Office for National Minorities confirmed the commitment of the Republic of Slovenia to the efforts for the improvement of the situation of the Roma community in Slovenia and the European Union.