The integration of Roma community and migrants in Czech Republic;
Not yet developed as a general societal strategy and more seen as a result of artistic encounters
No general authority, but main actors:
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MLSA) with Committee for the Integration of Foreigners
The Ministry coordinates all immigrants' integration issues and is responsible for equal rights issues in social life. The Committee includes representatives of other ministries and public offices, as well as representatives of professional and academic associations, local and regional authorities, NGOs and associations of foreigners.
EX: Annual government campaign against racism (since 2000) is to support mutual tolerance and help remove prejudices against minorities and foreigners in Czech society.
Ministry of Interior
In charge of the development of relations between immigrants and citizens.
Minister without Portfolio responsible for Human Rights and National Minorities Issues
National Coordinator of the Decade of Roma Inclusion. Prepared the concept for the integration of the Roma Community into the society.
Arts Institute - Theatre Institute
National implementation strategy: (http://ec.europa.eu/culture/eac/dialogue/strategies_en.html)
Ministry of Culture
Support for cultural activities of ethnic minorities, for the integration of the Roma community, the integration of foreign nationals (traditions, cultures, religion) and for multicultural projects.
EX: Annual World Roma Festival Khamoro in Prague (since 1999), funded by the Ministry of Culture, the City of Prague and others.
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)
In line with the governmental policy (see 1.) and corresponding to its fields of competence, MEYS supports activities in the field of immigrants' integration and provides integration support for members of the Roma Community (sports' intervention being neglected so far).
Advisory and working bodies of the Government:
Government Council for National Minorities
Inter-ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs
Government Council for Human Rights
Civil Society (EX):
The Multicultural Center Prague
Non-profit organization dealing with issues related to the coexistence of different cultures in the Czech Republic and abroad. Its mission is, among others, to advocate ICD and learning among diverse cultures within and outside the EU by engaging in a wide range of activities (educational, cultural and public informational activities, research, publications).
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Czech Centres (governmental organisations)
Organisations sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their mission is to develop a dialogue with the public abroad and to assist in the creation of an image of the Czech Republic as a modern dynamic country.