Are the European and national Roma policies still hypocritical?
Tomislav Donchev is Minister in charge of EU funds in Bulgaria:
"Bulgaria now has a National Roma Integration Strategy. For the first time the effort is agreed with 9 ministries and district governors, who have to partner locally with relevant NGOs, are put in charge of its implementation. Speaking of Roma integration, however, we need to adhere to a reasonable balance between high concepts, strategic policies and these people's particular problems. Including this minority group into the country's real life is a key issue for the Bulgarian government. This is not a short-term policy. We are facing specific challenges at all levels. Unfortunately, it is a widely-held belief that this integration has been transmitted top-down from Brussels and we have to comply with our partners' requirements. It is a fact, though, that we can never achieve tangible progress unless this is a conscious process and inner necessity ... Yet, there is still work to be done in developing a successful model for integration of those people in the labour market. The greatest challenges are solving issues related completely to Roma people's daily lives. And we still have a significant shortage of integration policies - most often they involve a large portion of hypocrisy, but an end will be put to this."
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