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The National Office For Roma

In the last decade, the Roma issue got a new dynamic, through specific policies and governmental programmes aiming at the improvement of the conditions of this ethnic group. The effort of different Roma organizations went along with the efforts of the Government, looking for a long time for the best ways in defending the civil, politic and social rights of Roma.

In this sense, beginning with 2000, the Romanian Government proved its capacity of shaping efficient structures and activities in all the fields of the political and civic life, through the Department for the Protection of National Minorities. Its competences were taken over in 2001 by the Department for Interethnic Relations - The National Office for Roma.

According to the Governmental Decision no. 13/ 2001 concerning the setting up and organization of the Ministry of Public Information, its structure contains services and departments settled by Minister's order.

The 5 departments which are functioning within the Ministry of Public Information are:

  • The Department for Communication and Public Image
  • The Government' Spokesperson
  • The General Secretariat
  • The Department for Romanian worldwide
  • The Department for Interethnic Relations

Within the Department for Interethnic Relations is functioning the National Office for Roma. Initially, this structure belonged to the former Department for the Protection of National Minorities, subordinated to the General Secretariat of the Government. After 2000, by setting up the Ministry of Public Information by the mentioned Government's decision, the competences of the Department for the Protection of National Minorities have been taken over by the Department for Interethnic Relations.

The National Office for Roma is a specialised body which:

  • initiates, supports and co- ordinates actions developed for the promotion of the ethny
  • monitorizes the implementation of the national and international legal framework regarding the protection of the national minorities, in collaboration with the Legislative Direction of the Department for Interethnic Relations
  • evaluates the social and economic situation of the Roma communities and their relations with the majority population
  • develops information and educational activities for Roma population regarding their rights and obligations
  • receives and examines requests and complains addressed by institutions and organisations or citizens regarding the situations when public administration bodies brake the rights of persons belonging to Roma ethny
  • collaborates with all the active Roma organisations from Romania, from other countries and with the international Roma organisations
  • organises round tables, meetings, public debates in its field of activity
  • participates in activities organised in the country or abroad
  • supervises and approves the way of allocating and spending the public funds for assisting Roma people
  • informs the public opinion from the country and abroad about the real situation of the Roma communities
  • participates in the mediation and solving of potential conflicts between the Roma communities and the majority population

The staff of the National Office for Roma is subordinated to an under secretary of state, Mr. Gheorghe Ivan, who organises, coordinates and controls its activity.

Maria Ionescu - referent
Dan Oprescu - expert
Mariana Roventa - referent
Alexandru Stroe - councillor
Daniela Saicu - expert
Veronica Gaina - referent


 

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