Can the EU force Slovakia to stop discriminating Roma children?

If the situation does not improve, the European Commission will sue Slovakia for violating EU law. That might cost the government quite a sum.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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Why this story matters:

Towards the end of the year, the European Commission will decide whether Slovakia is taking the adequate steps to eliminate the discrimination of Roma children. Slovakia is under scrutiny for the fact that the kids are often placed in "special schools", which are meant for children with mental health problems, not for poor children devoid of a stimulating environment.

According to activists and the ombudsman, we are not on the right path to solving the problem. The ministry of education designed a new law, which is supposed to prevent discrimination. But in reality nothing has changed.

If the situation does not improve, the European Commission will sue Slovakia for violating EU law. And it might cost the government quite a sum. Let’s just hope that this situation will not trigger a wave of complaints about how Roma are ruining our budget, but a much needed, profound discussion on why we are not able to help these children.

Details from the story:

  • It is highly probable that at the end of the year, the European Commission will sue Slovakia for violating the EU law.
  • The EC started the process of infringement in April 2015.
  • The EC has published the statistic comparing the segregation of Roma children in Slovakia in 2011 and 2016. According to the data, the situation is worsening.
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