Decade of Roma inclusion fails to prevent segregation|
The Decade of Roma Inclusion, an initiative of 12 European countries to
improve the socio-economic status and social inclusion of the Romany
minority across the region, managed to raise awareness of the plight of
Romanies but failed to prevent their segregation, delegates of the
respective states concluded at a closing conference in Sarajevo marking the
end of the project. The initiative was launched in 2005, and was the first
multinational project in Europe of this kind.
According to the Czech minister for human rights, Jiří Dienstbier the
projects in individual countries suffered from a lack of finances, but the
initiative was useful in that all participating countries developed action
plans setting certain target goals and brought together experts in the
The 12 countries that took part are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania,
Serbia, Slovakia, and Spain, which all have significant Romani minorities.