High-level Commitment to Roma Inclusion Continues

by ERIO on April 26th, 2012

At the Extraordinary European Platform on Roma Inclusion on March 22, 2012, Branko Socanac, head of the Croatia’s Government Office for National Minorities, spoke about Croatia’s new National Roma Program.

Croatia will assume the Decade Presidency on July 1, 2012, one year to the day before it becomes the European Union’s 28th member state.  At the Extraordinary European Platform on Roma Inclusion meeting in Brussels on March 22, Branko Socanac, head of the Croatia’s Government Office for National Minorities, spoke about his country's new National Roma Program. His speech represented the Croatian government’s commitment to work during its Decade Presidency toward bringing the EU Roma Platform and the Decade of Roma Inclusion closer together, a goal agreed upon by the Decade countries at the 19th International Steering Committee meeting in 2010.

We are gratified to be participating in this extraordinary meeting of the EU Platform for Roma Inclusion. As the forthcoming presidency of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015 and an acceding country to the EU, we are pleased to share with you some of the recent developments in Croatia relevant to this gathering today.

Systematic efforts towards Roma inclusion in Croatia predate both of our national strategic documents: the National Roma Program, introduced in 2003, and the Decade of Roma Inclusion Action Plan, introduced in 2005. The Action Plan was regularly updated, and, since these two documents largely overlap in the four key areas, our new Roma Inclusion Strategy will be accompanied by an action plan that will replace the Decade Action Plan. An additional argument for this is that the scope of the National Roma Program is wider than the Decade’s four priority areas, and special attention is given to issues such as discrimination, gender, citizenship, etc.

http://www.romadecade.org/socanac_extraordinary_platform_2012


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