Pellegrini: We’ll Show Successful Roma Integration Story to Jagland

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Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini. (Stock photo by TASR)

Strasbourg, June 27 (TASR-correspondent) – Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland confirmed at his meeting with Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in Strasbourg on Wednesday that he’ll pay a visit to Slovakia in the autumn, TASR learnt on the same day.

The invitation was originally extended to Jagland in October by ex-premier Robert Fico. The former expressed interest in seeing a village called Spissky Hrhov (Presov region), renowned around the world as a successful example of Roma integration.

“I confirmed for him that if he wants to see successful projects of social integration of people from Roma communities, we’ll probably also include a visit to Spissky Hrhov on his agenda as a success story,” Pellegrini told reporters at the briefing on Wednesday, relating Jagland’s comment: “Everyone knows that there are problems in this community [the Roma as a whole], but very few are aware of positive examples.”

According to Pellegrini, the Council of Europe secretary-general wants to contribute towards raising awareness of such positive stories “not only in Slovakia but across Europe”.