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EC launches infringement procedure against Hungary over education opportunities of Roma children

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The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Hungary, requesting the country offer equal access to education for Roma children in Hungary under a directive prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin in education, according to a press release issued by the EC today.

The press release writes that the EC has requested Hungary to “ensure that Roma children enjoy access to quality education on the same terms as all other children and urges the government to bring its national laws on equal treatment as well as on education and the practical implementation of its educational policies into line with the Racial Equality Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC)”. 

The EC raised a “number of concerns in relation to both Hungarian legislation and administrative practices which lead to the result that Roma children are disproportionately over-represented in special schools for mentally disabled children and also subject to a considerable degree of segregated education in mainstream schools”, the press release says.

“If Hungary fails to reply in a satisfactory manner within two months, the Commission may send to the Hungarian authorities a reasoned opinion,” the EC said.

The EC also sent formal letters of notice to Czech Republic and Slovakia, in relation to similar issues in the recent past.

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