PACE report on situation of Roma in Europe to be presented in Jan. 2010

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Jozsef Berenyi’s Report on the situation of the Roma living in Europe will be presented in January 2010, Sen. Gyorgy Frunda announced in the end of the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, taking place in Targu Mures (central Romania), on Tuesday.

Sen. Frunda referred to the report by the PACE Committee’s Slovakian rapporteur Joszef Berenyi, on the situation of the gypsy minority living in Europe and the Council of Europe’s activities in the field, first heard in Targu Mures on Monday.

‘It must be found a real policy for integrating the Roma population and give them jobs. Mr. Berenyi said he wanted to present the Report in the session due in January 2010.

We hope we have a recommendation and a resolution by January 2010, which is to be a powerful political instrument to help with the Roma’s integration in parallel with the preservation and the development of their national identity,’ the Romanian senator told a news conference.

The discussion about the situation of the gypsies living in the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe was one of the key topics approached during the meeting of the PACE Committee in Targu Mures, Frunda added.

‘Aggressions against the members of the Roma communities have recently happened in some member countries, namely in Italy tents where gypsies were living were set fire to; in Hungary two members of a Roma family, one of them a child, were attacked and killed in their own home; in Slovakia the Secret Police ill-treated and humiliated the members of a gypsy family, a Roma family was illegally left homeless in Serbia, and some were harassed and tortured in the Czech Republic.

The Council of Europe among whose principles there is also the defence of the human rights, particularly that of the national minorities could not stay passive when such situations occur,’ Frunda stressed.

The situation of the gypsies living in Romania has improved lately, but it is far from optimal in terms of their family condition, or because they lack kindergartens or there are not enough seats for them in schools, Frunda explained.

‘Another solution we propose is that the Roma may take part in the decisions making on issues n related to them. It is good they were deputized for in the local councils, the county councils, the school inspectorates, at the level of the health directorates, because otherwise, their representation in the Parliament, which is praiseworthy, is left without any serious meaning.

It is a social problem that the Roma are jobless and they migrate throughout the country and it must be conceived a real policy for giving them jobs. All this has been taken into account,’ said Frunda.

It is very important that Roma should become key actors at the local, regional and national levels and it would be better that Romania included, should take over the experience of other member states of the Council of Europe, chairwoman of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Herta Daubler Gmelin said at the same news conference.
Mrs. Herta Daubler Gmelin headed the works of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, in Targu Mures on Monday and Tuesday.

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