President Aleksandar Vucic told the opening ceremony of two Roma institutions that he is pleased that Serbia can fight for Roma inclusion.
The first office of the European Rome Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC Serbia) and the new headquarters of the Roma Education Fund (REF) was opened in Belgrade on Tuesday. EIRAC is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe, Open Society Foundation and the Alliance for European Roma Institute.
Vucic said that he sees potential. “Roma are the youngest population today. We have a lot of talented young people, artists, scientists, workers,” he said. Vucic said that 100 Roma would get public administration jobs.
Deputy Chair of the Open Society Foundations Alexander Soros said that he and his father invested effort to improve Roma education, culture their leadership and economic entrepreneurship while European Union Delegation Chief Sem Fabrizi warned that the Roma are the biggest and most vulnerable minority. Fabrizi said that 30 million Euro have been earmarked for housing, employment and education for Roma in Serbia.