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Strategic framework for the improvement
of the situation of the Roma

II. Guiding principles

The Government of Romania, Adopts the following guiding principles for the elaboration of the White Chart of the Government of Romania aimed at improving the situation of the Roma:

  1. The protection of national minorities and the improvement of the situation of the Roma cannot be achieved by single action of certain central public institutions. All institutions and Government services must be involved and have an active role in this process. The Government will ensure that the improvement of the situation of the Roma in Romania becomes part of the everyday activities of the central public administration.
  2. The elaboration of public policies aimed at improving the situation of the Roma is a process that will lead to a consensus of all parties involved. Therefore, all parties involved will collaborate on the elaboration of the White Chart that will be adopted by the Government of Romania, the comprehensive document comprising policies, strategies, plans and concrete programmes aimed at improving the situation of the Roma.
  3. The White Chart will identify the current hindrances and will provide a synthesis of the problems that need to be addressed in order to facilitate the elaboration of policies for each sector and cross sectors and to maximise their impact. The White Chart will contain policies in various fields and will analyse the governmental initiatives.
  4. The Government has adopted an Ordinance (137/2000) regarding the prevention and the punishment of all forms of discrimination. The Ordinance provides a legal framework for protection of disadvantaged groups by sanctioning of discriminatory behaviour, promotes affirmative actions and special measures for groups and individuals belonging to national minorities that do not benefit from the equality of chances. The Roma represent the minority most prone to discrimination and, due to their social and economical situation, they will be the main beneficiaries of temporary specific measures aimed at disadvantaged groups. Moreover, the actual implementation of the Ordinance, mainly through the National Council for Combating Discrimination, represents a key element in ensuring equal and non-discriminatory treatment of the Roma.
  5. In order to implement the policies aimed at improving the situation of the Aroma, the Government will employ all available instruments, particularly the legal, economic, communication etc.

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