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EU-funded Roma programmes: Lessons from Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

8 September 2006

This report examines three Roma-oriented projects in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia funded by the European Union’s Phare programme between 1999 and 2003.We were aware that large amounts of funding had been allocated by the EU to projects targetting the Roma in accession states and at the same time we were aware that many Roma communities report little or no changes on the ground. Given that the accession process continues and that more funding will be allocated to Roma in the newly acceding states, we felt that it was important to independently research the impact of these programmes.

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Will Guy

Martin Kovats