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More money to go toward Roma integration December 9, 2009

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Prague, Nov 30 (CTK) – Two dozen selected Czech towns and villages with excluded localities mainly populated by Roma will be able to receive up to 750 million crowns from EU funds next year for projects aimed at integration of Roma with society, David Oplatek, from the Government Office, said Monday.

Town halls of municipalities with excluded localities will be able to spend up to 550 million crowns on the construction of the social services infrastructure, Oplatek, from the government’s Agency for Social Integration in Romani Localities which is preparing integration programmes for municipalities, said.

The municipalities will be able to use the money to build asylum centres, clubs for children and young people and points for field social workers.

One municipality will be able to receive up to 25 million crowns for this, Oplatek said.

“A municipality which will cooperate with the government’s agency and the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry will be able to receive up to 45 million crowns for the activities linked to Roma social inclusion,” Oplatek said.

Municipalities, towns and regions that have been part of the agency’s pilot project of integration since last year have been included in this programme.

However, other towns with Romani localities in which the agency does not operate now will also be able to receive subsidies on the basis of the government recommendation.

Next year, ten new localities will be included in the list of municipalities that will be able to draw money for integration projects from EU funds and the list will continue to be extended in the following years, Oplanek said.

Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Michael Kocab wants the Government Office’s agency to operate nation wide. The government is to discuss his proposal for the new status of the agency till the end of this year.

If the ministers approve the basics of the bill on the agency, it will operate on the whole territory of the Czech Republic as of 2011, and not only in selected localities.

Copyright 2009 by the Czech News Agency (ČTK). All rights reserved.

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