A representative of the NGO Mladiinfo Montenegro attended the online conference “New EU Strategy for Roma and the Fight against Anti-Gypsyism in Montenegro”, organized by the Roma Youth Organization “Walk with Us – Phiren Amenca” and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma on January 18 at 12 o’clock.
Conference participants discussed the new “EU Strategic Framework for Roma Equality, Inclusion and Participation”.
“The inhumane situation has been documented for decades. I myself have been to the countries of the Western Balkans and I know how bad the situation is. And now is the right time for the situation to change and for the new EU to set concrete goals for that”, said Romani Rose, chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma.
Elvis Berisha, executive director of the Roma Youth Organization “Walk with us – Phiren Amenca” pointed out that we should stop the extinction of the Roma language. That Roma deserve books in the Romani language, as well as that they should study in their mother tongue.
Nerma Dobardzić, Deputy Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms for the field of protection against discrimination, said that the problems they face among Roma are: ingrained poverty, unemployment, unconditional housing, begging, access to health and sociological institutions.
“According to research that we conduct cyclically every 3 years, we came to the data that the Roma and Egyptian groups are the most tolerant group, while according to them the most pronounced intolerance on a scale of 0 to 1 is the scale, and the degree is 0.8”, said Milena Bešić, executive director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights.
Then Mladenka Tešić, task manager in the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, addressed the audience, pointing out that the Roma community was recognized as the most vulnerable in Montenegro, and that the COVID 19 pandemic further excluded the Roma population.