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First edition this year of the Gypsy Spirit award held in the Czech Republic, an initiative realized by the ministry for Human Rights whose aim has been to highlight examples of integration of the Rom community and recognize the merits of those who have worked with dedication towards this objective

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Prima edizione quest’anno nella Repubblica ceca del Premio Gypsy Spirit, un’iniziativa realizzata dal ministero dei Diritti umani allo scopo di valorizzare esempi di integrazione della comunità rom e per riconoscere i meriti di coloro che si prodigano verso questo obiettivo

Bambini in un villaggio rom / Roma children in a village

Un violinista rom / Gypsy violinist

First edition this year of the Gypsy Spirit award held in the Czech Republic, an initiative realized by the ministry for Human Rights whose aim has been to highlight examples of integration of the Rom community and recognize the merits of those who have worked with dedication towards this objective. The idea was imported from Slovakia where the Gypsy Spirit took place with success around the first half of the year. Furthermore, in the ex confederate state, fundamental support towards the project was given, as general partner, by Slovenske elektrarne (Enel Group) - and this also goes to show how important this theme is from an enterprise’s social responsibility point of view.

The situation is so dramatic that some refer to it as a time-bomb, a danger that is becoming more serious due to the grave tensions caused by the economic crisis of the last months. A seriously urgent problem that weighs on the governments of Prague and Bratislava, just as much as on all the countries of the New Europe, to which Brussels cannot remain insensible. Just last April, in Prague, Vladimir Spidla, ex EU commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, presented the new “European Platforms for Rom integration”. On that occasion, the commissioner explained:” We need constructive policies that give to the Roms a possibility and not simply repressive

In both countries, however, reasons for stimulating Rom integration already exist. The citizens who belong to this ethnic group, in fact, represent not only the largest minority – half a million of people in Slovakia and, more than 300 thousand in the Czech Republic – but also one of the most urgent social problems to be dealt with. The majority of Czech and Slovakian Roms live in extreme poverty, nearly always in a conflicting relationship compared to the rest of the population and, in any case, in a state of social alienation. The Roms are often segregated into city ghettos or even village slums on the verge of society – as is often the case in eastern Slovakia.

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Progetto Repubblica Ceca (Novembre-Dicembre 2009)  

Periodico di informazione su politica, economia e cultura / Information magazine on politics, economy and culture

Progetto Repubblica Ceca (Novembre-Dicembre 2009)  

Periodico di informazione su politica, economia e cultura / Information magazine on politics, economy and culture

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