Education & Training

Monday, 31 October 2011

Roundtables for Representatives of Local Institutions Held

In order to facilitate a discussion on simplifying access to rights for socially vulnerable and marginalised population, on an equal basis and without discrimination, Praxis held three roundtables, in cooperation with the Roma Educational Centre, which were attended by 60 representatives of local institutions (social welfare centres, the National Employment Service, administration bodies, police, the Protector of Citizens, etc.) and non-governmental organisations. The roundtables were held in Subotica (19 April 2011), Novi Sad (29 June 2011) and Zrenjanin (31 October 2011).

The roundtable participants were informed about the content of workshops held with the residents of informal settlements and the basic problems faced by the members of marginalised communities in their territory. The discussion included also the current regulations, problems, action plans, measures for the improvement of their position, and the examples of good practice. The general conclusion of the participants was that some regulations were out of date and should be changed, also pointing to the necessity of cooperation of all institutions in order to start solving the problems faced by marginalised groups, particularly the Roma community. The general impression is that the representatives of institutions are open for solving specific and individual problems, and also that easier access to rights will largely depend on the change of current regulations and effectiveness of advocacy for the adoption of more efficient and fair solutions.

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