Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Macedonia marked International Roma Day as national holiday for the first time ever

Skopje. For the first time ever Macedonia marked the International Roma Day as a national holiday for its Roma people, Macedonian television A1 reports. NGO Nahtari and the Union of Roma in Macedonia have marked the holiday in Šuto Orizari municipality; celebrations will be held on the square of the municipality tonight.
According to latest surveys 53,879 Roma people live in Macedonia, which is 2.66% of the population.
This is the third year of the The Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005 – 2015) – an international initiative for improving the economic state of Roma people. It is supported by Macedonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Hungary.

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