Serbia: Roma people's position improves

20 April, 17:18

(ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, APRIL 20 - The position of the Roma people in Serbia has improved thanks to the Decade of Roma Inclusion, it was said Friday at the opening of a three-day congress of the World Roma Organization - Romanipen.

"The position of the Roma people in Serbia has significantly improved during the Decade of Roma Inclusion, but I am confident that many members of the Roma population have reasons to be dissatisfied," said Slavica Denic, the state secretary in the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Public Administration and Local Self-Government.

The members of the Roma population can be dissatisfied bearing in mind that there are still unhygienic settlements in Serbia, that few children go to kindergartens and that quite few Roma people are employed, Denic said at the congress held at the Serbian parliament building. However, Serbia can be proud of the improvement in the field of education. Since 2003 the country got more than 1,000 Roma graduates, she underlined.

Denic qualified the congress as important, since it brought together representatives of 25 countries with the aim to exchange experience and find solutions jointly.

President of the World Roma Organization Jovan Damjanovic said that the Decade of Roma Inclusion "has yielded results" in Serbia.

"We have to get to grips with problems and bring about an intellectual Roma revolution," Damjanovic said. He underlined that there are 12 to 15 million Roma people in Europe, but that they do not have any status. (ANSAmed).

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