Tag: european commission

Dear Commissioner Jourová: What does the EU intend to do about school segregation in Slovakia?

2018-02-20

By Bernard Rorke

It’s almost three years since the European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Slovakia for racial segregation of Romani children in its schools. The evidence suggests that nothing has changed for the better in the interim. What will the Commission do next?

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Bi-weekly news review: November 15-30

2017-12-04

By Bernard Rorke

While the European Commission takes stock of progress with the EU Roma Framework, the Czech President got low-down and racist about Roma to mark the 10th Anniversary of DH and others vs. the Czech Republic; outbreaks of hepatitis in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria served to remind us of how inclusion strategies are failing when it comes to health, and why access to clean water and sanitation for all is a matter of basic justice and dignity that needs to be sorted right across the EU.

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#BetterTogether: Europe must finally call time on school segregation

2017-11-15

By Bernard Rorke

Last week a class photograph of first graders from the Czech town of Teplice prompted a torrent of death threats and hateful comments on social media, directed at the children who were mostly of Arab, Vietnamese or Romani origin.

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Who is going to break the silence over segregation of Romani children in Slovakia: the Ministry of Education or the European Court of Justice?

2017-10-25

By Marek Balaz

The recently appointed Slovak Minister of Education, Martina Lubyova, has to resolve the biggest dilemma facing her ministry in years. Either she will be the minister who openly admits that the educational system in Slovakia discriminates against tens of thousands of Romani students, or she will leave this task to the European Court of Justice. 

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Is the EU Roma Framework floundering? Commission reports patchy progress, limited impact and rising racism

2017-09-04

By Bernard Rorke

Wednesday’s assessment of the EU Roma Framework by the Commission marks a valiant attempt to resuscitate and revitalize a process that has been dangerously debilitated by the disinterest, perfidy and bad faith of key Member States when it comes to social inclusion, fundamental rights and justice for their Romani citizens. 

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