Office of Community Affairs marked 8th April, International Roma Day
April 8 marks the first International Congress of Roma in 1971, and first attempts to merge the Roma community and to end discrimination that this community was facing at that time anywhere in the world.
In this occasion, the Office of Community Affairs held a solemn conference where attended the following participants: Deputy / Minister of Local Government Administration , Slobodan Petrovic, Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Justice Hajredin Kuqi, Minister of European Integration, Vlora Citaku, Minister for Communities and Return Dalibor Jevtic, U.S. Ambassador in Kosovo Tracey Ann Jacobson, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Kosovo, Ian Cliff, UN Development Coordinator , UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo, Andrew Russell, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, the Office of the President of Kosovo, EU special representative, representatives of Consultative Council for Communities, Roma representatives, NGOs and media.
Upon greeting in Roma language "BAHTALO ROMANO", Director of the Office of Community Affairs, Srdjan Popovic, congratulated the International Roma Day. "I consider that, besides working on providing basic living conditions for the community, is essential to support education at all levels in order the hiring process to be equal with other communities. Dear representatives of the Roma community, I would like to continue the successful cooperation we have had during these years, committed to solving concrete problems, to develop concrete programs that we will have with other institutions in order to solve problems efficiently and to develop long term strategies. I do believe, that the following days of Roma community will be better and we expect more results to be achieved, said Popovic.
Office of Community Affairs will continue to work on initiatives to improve employment policies of the community and economic development, considering that the purpose and duty of the office is to fully integrate the communities.