The elimination of housing segregation and the improvement of the life quality of those living on estates were the topics of the international conference held on Thursday and Friday in Madrid, which was also attended by Zoltán Kovács, Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources, the State Secretariat told Hungarian news agency MTI on Friday.
The Ministry for Human Resources has launched a programme with a budget of 4.5 billion forints (EUR 15 million) aimed at facilitating cooperation between schools in Hungary and abroad that cater for underprivileged pupils, Minister of State for Public Education Rózsa Hoffmann and Minister of State for Social Inclusion Zoltán Kovács announced at a press conference in the village of Nyergesújfalu, northern Hungary.
Zoltán Kovács, Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources had talks on Roma inclusion policy in Berlin on Tuesday with Romani Rose, head of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma and Erika Steinbach, Member of Parliament for the CDU party and spokeswoman of the Bundestag’s parliamentary group on human rights and humanitarian aid.
The State Secretariat for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Human Resources organised an all-day conference on Wednesday under the title „Monitoring System of National Social Inclusion Strategies in the V4 Member States” which was also attended by the representatives of civil organisations, in addition to policy-makers from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.
Joulupukki from Lapland visited the locality of Kaposmérő-Baglaspuszta in one of the country’s poorest regions on Tuesday. On his visit to the locality inhabited 94 per cent by Roma, Santa Claus was accompanied by Zoltán Kovács, Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources.
This year some 151 localities were awarded HUF 250 million for social land programmes, and farming opportunities were provided for the needy in an area of three hundred hectares. The Government will continue the programme, the Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources said on Sunday at the press conference held in Sóshartyán in Nógrád County.
A special show was staged by the children of the “Kedvesház” Home on Friday at the State Secretariat for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Human Resources on the occasion of a conference on children with multiple disadvantages.
The Anti-Segregation Roundtable established this spring held a meeting on Thursday at the initiative of Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Human Resources and educational experts from the civil sector, and in the interest of a constructive dialogue, new members were invited to join the roundtable.
Elimination of poverty must be addressed with offering jobs, not with social subsidies, the state secretary for social inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources said in Brussels.
There is increasing demand for the social land programme; therefore, the increased allocation of HUF 250 million assigned for this purpose will also be available in 2014 or may even increase, Zoltán Kovács, Minister of State of the Ministry of Human Resources stated.