The European Commission has assessed the progress made by Member States in the implementation of their national Roma integration strategies and the measures they have taken. Inter-sectorial co-ordination and the monitoring of the inclusion strategy are evaluated in particularly positive terms in the case of Hungary. The Commission recommends that, in using EU funds, Hungary, too, should treat the promotion of Roma inclusion as a priority during the period between 2014-2020.
The European Platform for Roma Inclusion will hold its next meeting on Thursday under the auspices of the European Commission focusing on the opportunities of Roma children and youth, the involvement of Roma leaders, and process monitoring on the ground in the field of Roma inclusion and integration.
Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog, assessing the Ministry's past three years of activity, stated that 70 billion forints had been tendered for social inclusion projects, with programmes such as Nő az esély (Chances are increasing) that aim to strengthen relations between Roma and non-Roma communities and other programs aimed at helping to encourage the education of Roma children.
The Roma Coordination Council (ROK-T) issued a recommendation with respect to the draft of the European Union’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 and discussed the governmental action plan for the implementation of the National Social Inclusion Strategy for the years 2012-2014. ROK-T was chaired by Zoltán Kovács, Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources.
Forty-three Sure Start Children’s Centres will receive funding in excess of HUF 290 million this year from the local budget. The 2013 aid situation is more favourable than it was the year before as the operators of the children’s centres received a HUF 2 million advance as extraordinary aid at the beginning of March in the interest of the sustainability of their programmes addressing deficit areas.
It may serve as a good example for other fields concerned that health care experts, while focusing on their own field of activity, treat the issue of inclusion in a complex manner, (Mrs) Langerné, Katalin Victor said at the forum organised by the National Institute for Health Development (OEFI) for stakeholders. The Deputy State Secretary for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources stressed that the attendees of the forum do not merely consider the project as a new task to be performed but view the inter-disciplinary consultation as an emphatic opportunity to prepare a professional material that also assists decision-making.
Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Resources, Hungary, was presented with the third highest ranked German Order of Merit, the Grand Merit Cross with Star and Sash (Großes Verdienstkreuz mit Stern und Schulterband) by Dr. Matei I. Hoffmann, Ambassador to Hungary of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Integration of the Roma is hopeless without the active participation of the minority, Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog stated at the seminar entitled “The situation of Roma in Europe – Finnish and Hungarian Experiences, European Answers”, with the participation of Ambassador of Finland Pasi Tuominen, Finnish MP Pekka Haavisto, Head of the Finnish Education Agency Aulis Pitkälä, and President Henna Huttu and CEO Tino Varjola from the Fintiko Romano Forum.
Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources Zoltán Kovács, Attila Fülöp, Deputy State Secretary for Family and Equal Opportunities, Member of Parliament Andor Nagy and Ilan Mor, Budapest Ambassador of the State of Israel paid a collective visit to three Heves County sites of FŐKEFE Nonprofit Kft.
Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog testified in front of the Nyíregyháza Court with relation ot the case of the Miklós Sója Kindergarten and Elementary School, run by the Greek Catholic Church. The Chance for Children Foundation (CFCF) has sued both the local government and the church, demanding closure of the institution that, according to CFCF, segregates Roma children.