National strategy for Roma integration
Among the strategy’s top priorities is the peaceful co-existence of members of Roma communities and the rest of society.
Council of Europe estimates: approximately 250,000 Roma live in the Czech Republic (1.93% of the population).
National Roma Integration Strategy
The Czech Republic submitted a Roma Integration Concept for 2010-2013 that was adopted by the Czech government in 2009. Its main goal was a conflict-free co-existence of Roma communities and the rest of society. The Concept addressed the four main issues of education, employment, healthcare and housing, with a particular focus on problems of indebtedness and security, as well as Roma culture and language. The National Roma Integration Strategy for 2014 and beyond is available too.
- The Czech Republic's National Strategy n° 2 (2014-2020)
- The Czech Republic's National Strategy (2010-2013)
National contact point
Each Member State was invited to appoint a National Contact Point for the National Roma Integration Strategy, with the authority to co-ordinate its development and implementation. In the case of the Czech Republic, it is the Office of the Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs, Ministry of Human Rights, Equality and Legislation.
Assessment of the Czech Republic’s strategy implementation
In Spring 2014, the Commission adopted its assessment on the progress made in the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies in the four key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing as well as in the fight against discrimination and the use of funding.
- The Commission's assessment of the implementation of the Czech Republic's National Strategy (2014)
- The Commission's assessment of the Czech Republic’s National Strategy (2012)
- The European Union and the Roma – Factsheet Czech Republic
Health: Communication courses focusing on specific socio-cultural environment of a patient are compulsory in the medicine, dentistry and pharmacy curricula. Other medical staff is also trained through Interpersonal Skills of Professional (Interpersonální dovednosti specialisty) and Education (Edukace) programmes.
Project 'Ethnic Friendly Employer'
Since 2007, the Brno-based NGO IQ Roma Service has awarded the title "Ethnic Friendly Employer" to employers who embrace the principle of equal treatment and do not discriminate against job applicants and employees on the basis of their ethnic origin.
The project is aimed at fighting employment discrimination against ethnic minorities, especially the Roma. The organisation gives the Roma a clear signal that they should not give up looking for employment because of refusals due to their origin, since there are employers who will give them the same opportunity as everyone else.
The project focused on close co-operation with employers (non-profit sector, private sector as well as government) and is complemented with several measures improving the employability of the Roma and job search support. The project ran from 2007-2013 and was co-financed by the European Social Fund.