The Interior Minister has said efforts to help Hungary’s Roma communities catch up with the rest of the country will require cooperation between the state and the communities themselves.
During a visit to the village of Tiszabura, in eastern Hungary, on Tuesday, Sándor Pintér told local council leaders that the government has decided to provide help to 300 struggling villages as part of its Emerging Municipalities scheme in the coming year.
According to MTI, the program will be implemented in the first 31 municipalities this year. The scheme is being coordinated by the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service.
Pintér said the scheme will be carried out with the help of the major church charity groups and NGOs active in the municipalities in question.
Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler told the briefing that helping all peoples and persecuted groups was a tradition of the state of Hungary. The country could not have prospered without the combined efforts of the people living here, he said.
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