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Director of Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities responds to criticism

Prague, 25.5.2011 17:22, (ROMEA) The Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities has been in operation since 2008. According to a recent analysis of municipal demand for its services, more municipalities are interested in its services than the Agency has capacity to collaborate with. Its activities are predominantly evaluated positively, but the city of Ostrava has criticized the Agency, which is now responding by reporting on the results of its work in a specific locality there.  full story

Commentary: Collections agencies may be in fashion, but they solve nothing

Prague, 17.1.2011 17:24, (http://blog.aktualne.centrum.cz) The Czech Labor and Social Affairs Ministry is reducing the rate at which welfare benefits are to be disbursed from 18 times a year to three and the number of locations at every Labor Office that these payments can be disbursed from three to one. As far as it goes, this is good news for the efficiency and simplification of a complicated system. However, what is not good is the current proposal to facilitate collections of social welfare benefits to cover debt (or to be precise, the collection of whatever portion exceeds an amount equivalent to double the minimum living standard).  full story

Czech Agency for Social Inclusion: Mayor of Nový Bydžov is exacerbating the situation

Prague, 13.1.2011 23:10, (ROMEA) On Monday, 10 January, the online news server lidovky.cz published an interview with the mayor of Nový Bydžov, Pavel Louda. Through the comments made in that interview, Mayor Louda is continuing to exacerbate the situation in his town.  full story

More social workers needed at Czech Romany housing estate

Prague, 26.2.2009 21:55, (ROMEA) The increasing of the number of social workers at the Janov housing estate in Litvinov, north Bohemia, that is mostly inhabited by Romanies, is one of the measures recommended by an analysis aimed to improve the situation at Janov that Jozef Murin presented to journalists today.  full story

New head of Czech Romany agency sought

Prague, 29.1.2009 15:27, (ROMEA) Newly appointed Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocab (Greens) is looking for a new director of the government agency for social integration in Romany localities, Kocab told journalists today.  full story

Czech minister disagrees with Romany criticism of govt agency

Prague, 19.12.2008 10:49, (ROMEA) The Czech government agency for social inclusion of Romany-inhabited localities, that has been working in 12 towns since spring, has been a failure, some Romany activists say but human rights and minorities minister Dzamila Stehlikova says it is too early to assess the agency's effect.  full story

Czech towns unable to solve Romany housing problem-survey

Brno, 12.12.2008 18:32, (ROMEA) Housing is the greatest problem Czech Romanies and other residents of socially excluded localities face and local authorities are unable to solve the problem as there is no law on social housing in the Czech Republic, a survey conducted by Brno Masaryk University experts revealed.  full story

Czech Romanies blame minister for potential extremist attacks

Prague, 4.12.2008 10:04, (ROMEA) Minorities and Human Rights Minister Dzamila Stehlikova (Greens) would be directly responsible for a possible extremists' effort to attack Romanies again, some Czech Romany activists said in a letter sent to Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek today.  full story

Czech excluded localities' renewal to be funded from EU money

Most, North Bohemia, 4.12.2008 10:01, (ROMEA) The town of Most has prepared the projects for the revitalisation of its two problematic localities that are expected to be co-funded from the EU integration operational programme, Karel Borecky, town hall designer manager, said in an open discussion on the plan today.  full story

Czechs should open EU debate on Romany problems - minister

Prague, 11.10.2008 9:25, (ROMEA) Romany problems should be one of the topics highlighted during the Czech Republic's EU presidency in the first half of 2009, Minister for Human Rights and Ethnic Minorities Dzamila Stehlikova (Greens, SZ) told reporters today.  full story

Brno to renovate its Romany neighbourhood

Brno, 24.9.2008 13:56, (ROMEA) Brno City Hall wants to invest 311 million crowns into the renovation of the Cejl neighbourhood, where mostly Romanies live, Oliver Pospisil, Brno deputy mayor, told journalists today.  full story

Czech government agency to help Ostrava Romanies

Ostrava, 26.8.2008 9:19, (ROMEA) The Czech government Agency for Social Integration that wants to fight against Romany ghettos will help socially excluded Romanies in Ostrava's Slezska Ostrava neighbourhood to improve their living conditions, Marek Podlaha from the agency told journalists today.  full story

Czech Most to improve life in Romany ghettoes

Most, 18.8.2008 21:56, (ROMEA) The Czech town of Most, in which a large Romany community is based, today officially joined a declaration on local partnership that is to improve life in socially excluded localities, Czech Minister for Human Rights and Minorities, Dzamila Stehlikova, told journalists.  full story

Czech agency promotes secondary school education for Romanies

Breclav, 11.8.2008 18:00, (ROMEA) The Breclav Town Hall and the local branch of the government Agency for Social Integration want to select students among Romany children who will attend secondary schools in Brno in an effort to increase the number of secondary school leavers among Romanies, the mayor told CTK today.  full story

Czech Romanies to be helped by new association

Cheb, 31.7.2008 10:27, (ROMEA) The new association Local Partnership with almost 20 groups will start to help ethnic minorities and the socially disadvantaged in Cheb, Czech Minorities and Human Rights Minister Dzamila Stehlikova told journalists today.  full story

Partnership to raise life quality in ghetto formed in Czech town

Usti nad Labem, North Bohemia, 7.7.2008 14:54, (ROMEA/CTK) Usti nad Labem has become the first Czech town to join the declaration on local partnerships aimed at improving life in socially excluded localities, Minorities and Human Rights Minister Dzamila Stehlikova told journalists today.  full story

Czech agency against exclusion to bring Brno five million

Brno, 18.4.2008 22:25, (ROMEA/CTK) The Brno authority will receive five million crowns from the state budget in the next two years to help socially excluded groups of the population, head of the Czech agency against social exclusion Marek Podlaha and Brno Deputy Mayor Daniel Rychnovsky agreed today, Rychnovsky told CTK.  full story

Czech state agency expects to help Romanies in Cheb

Cheb, 1.4.2008 21:06, (ROMEA/CTK) The state agency against social exclusion will start working in Cheb as of June at the latest, Czech Minister in charge of human rights and minorities Dzamila Stehlikova (junior government Green Party SZ) told journalists today.  full story

Money-lending gangs rule in Czech Romany ghettoes

Usti nad Labem, North Bohemia, 31.3.2008 12:03, (ROMEA/CTK) Crime, drugs, excessive money-lending and gambling, these are the evils plaguing the neighbourhoods inhabited by Czech Romanies, Marek Podlaha, head of the Agency for Social Integration of Romany Localities, tells the weekly Respekt out today.  full story

Czech agency against Romany ghettoes to open in March

Prague, 5.2.2008 19:52, (ROMEA/CTK) The new Czech agency against social exclusion that is to help improve the situation of Romanies living in "ghettos" will start functioning in March, agency director Marek Podlaha told journalists today.  full story

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