Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabić presided over the constitutional session of the Coordination Body for Improving the Status and Social Inclusion of Roma and the monitoring of the implementation of the Strategy for the Social Inclusion of Roma in the Republic of Serbia 2016-2025, held on 25 August.
Brnabić was appointed as President of the Coordination Body, while the Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Čomić was appointed Deputy President of this body.
Members of this body are ministers of education, science and technological development, health, labour, employment, veteran and social affairs, public administration and local self-government, finance, construction, transport and infrastructure, justice, European integration, as well as representatives of the National Council of the Roma National Minority and Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit.
An Expert Group of the Coordination Body was also formed at the session, to implement operational activities.
The Prime Minister noted that the improvement of the status of Roma and their inclusion in society is extremely important for Serbia and a lot of time, effort and resources have been invested in improving the quality of their lives.
She underlined that the line ministry can do much in this regard, and that efforts aimed at improving the quality of life for Roma are not only important from the standpoint of human rights and European integration, but also because Serbia wants to create precisely that kind of social environment for all peoples and members of national minorities living in it.
Čomić stated that the coordination of the work of ministries is extremely important for the implementation of various activities in the field, and noted the immunisation of Roma in cooperation with the Ministry of Health as a positive example.
The Minister also announced that the Strategy will be revised by the end of the year, thus becoming harmonised with the European framework.