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Czech PM Andrej Babiš (PHOTO: Government of the Czech Republic)
Czech PM Andrej Babiš (PHOTO: Government of the Czech Republic)

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Nonprofits and unions call on Czech PM to put forward social housing law

2.11.2018 10:14 Nonprofit organizations and unions have sent an open letter to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš calling on his Government to produce a law on social housing. The Government pledged to do in its program declaration.  full story

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Czech state funding for nonprofits goes mostly to social policy and sports

29.4.2018 12:21 The Czech nonprofit organization to receive the greatest proportion of subsidies from the state budget during 2016 was, as it has traditionally been, the Football Association of the Czech Republic, which received CZK 375 900 000 [EUR 15 million]. Tens of millions more crowns in taxpayer money are also given to footballers through separate subsidies at the regional and municipal levels.  full story

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Czech MP wants to close nonprofits, Romani psychology student diagnoses him

15.12.2017 6:39 As a young child I used to dream that one day a phase would arise in human society where the main priority would be empathy, love and peace. Unfortunately, I am 21 years old now and nothing of the sort has come to pass yet.  full story

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videoRomani psychology student who is a ROMEA scholarship winner featured on Czech Television

8.9.2017 9:30 "Our parents never went to college, but I was told I would go to college by them at home from an early age," Roman Koky, a Romani student of psychology, says in a reportage produced by the "168 Hours" program on public broadcaster Czech Television. Along with his brother Michal, who is studying pharmacy, Roman Koky has attended a recent "Baruvas" ("We Are Growing") meeting of Romani high school and college scholarship recipients.
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Head of Czech development aid organization notices situation in Romani ghettos all but unchanged

28.7.2017 9:21 "Always, naturally, somebody can be found who doesn't care for this part of our work. Even in that aspect, however, the situation is changing. Previously the absolute majority of people had a simplified reaction: 'Why, for God's sake, are you aiding the gypsies? It would be better to go to Africa to aid the black people.' Today most people comprehend that this is a problem that must be solved," said Šimon Pánek, a former student leader of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution who is director of the People in Need development organization in an interview for news server Deník.cz marking its 25th anniversary.  full story

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videoTimea Junghaus for Romea.cz: Romani artists have the potential to create an innovative Romani identity

28.6.2017 10:30 At the beginning of June the grand opening of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) was held in Berlin. News server Romea.cz broadcast the press conference live and filmed this brief interview with its Executive Director, the historian Timea Junghaus, who has aided with the creation of the institute, among other matters.  full story

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Czech Finance Ministry raises annual limit above which nonprofits must report sales, local government association still unsatisfied

19.5.2017 10:12 The Czech Finance Ministry has increased the limit of turnover above which associations and nonprofit organizations must report their incomes from minor side business activities to CZK 300 000 [EUR 11 000] annually. Previously the limit above which such groups had to report was CZK 175 000 [EUR 6 600] annually.  full story

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Czech Republic pays billions of crowns to nonprofits - who gets most of it?

23.3.2017 15:58 According to Czech President Miloš Zeman, nonprofit organizations are "leeches on the state budget", and other Czech politicians are now deciding to ride his wave of criticism of the nonprofit sector or of "political nonprofits". Investigative news server HlídacíPes.org has published a new overview of where the public financing for the nonprofit sector in the Czech Republic actually goes.  full story

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Czech NGO sector creates 0.7 % of GDP - 128 000 nonprofits strong

1.12.2016 14:33 There are 128 000 nonprofit organizations in the Czech Republic. They don't just run hobby circles and recreational activities, but they also provide services to those in need.  full story

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NGOs meet with Czech EdMin about the state hiring Roma and support for Romani students

5.10.2016 17:06 Deputy Education Minister Václav Pícl met with representatives of a National Working Group of 11 Romani nonprofit organizations from all over the Czech Republic on 3 October in his office at the ministry. "The aim of the meeting is to establish a constructive collaboration between established Romani nonprofit organizations and the Education Ministry. The coalition works with as many as 8 000 Romani people around the country and can be a bridge between the Romani community and the state administration," said Jelena Silajdžić, director of the Slovo 21 organization.
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Czech NGOs say leading politicians' anti-refugee remarks are dangerous and populist

6.8.2016 19:57 An association of NGOs aiding refugees in the Czech Republic objected yesterday to remarks made by politicians against refugees. The NGOs said the attitudes of rejection expressed by Czech Prime Minister Miloš Zeman, Czech Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) and Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Czech Social Democractic Party) against migration are dangerous and populist.  full story

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Timea Junghaus: Roma art as an act of resistance

27.5.2016 21:27 On May 16, Europe’s Roma commemorated the 1944 uprising in the so-called Zigeunerlager (“Gypsy Camp”) in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Today, the idea of Roma resistance is understood as the Roma people’s perseverance in fighting different forms of oppressions, now and in the past.  full story

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European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture: Building the Future by Honoring the Past

8.4.2016 9:43 The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) is a joint initiative of the Alliance for the European Roma Institute*, the Council of Europe and the Open Society Foundations. Following the approval of the establishment of ERIAC by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in September 2015, preparations are in progress for the creation of the Institute. Based on the proposal of the Alliance for the European Roma Institute, the German Government endorsed the idea of inviting the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture to set up in Berlin.
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Czech Republic: NGO starts risky recording studio on edge of Romani ghetto

18.7.2015 18:00 On the border between Brno's Romani ghetto and the "normal" city center, a recording studio full of energy and symbolism is slated to begin growing on the premises of a former gaming room. "There are other ways to play" is one of the slogans accompanying the studio's vision.  full story

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