Public debate in Belisce

JT Belišće

JT Belišće

Guests of the debate were representatives of the Centre for Social Welfare Valpovo: Ms. Janja Oklopcic, director of the Centre for Social Welfare(CSW), Mr. Slaven Starcic and Mr. Slavko Vulic, social workers.

CSW representatives have clarified which rights are exercised on the basis of the Social Welfare Act and which conditions must be met for a person to achieve the right to a guaranteed minimum fee.

They also noted that each case is assessed separately, so they asked the gathered citizens to contact them in the Center if they have some ambiguities and questions.

CSW representatives also explained that citizens need to understand that not everyone has the right to one – time financial assistance because it depends on the reasons for submitting the application and also on documentation submitted by the beneficiaries.

At the request of the citizens about the possibilities of appeal to individual  decisions, the CSW informed that everyone has the right to appeal to the relevant Ministry if they consider that a specific right was not recognized on the basis of the decision of the Centre for Social Welfare.

CSW representatives asked the gathered citizens to try to affect the younger population in the Roma community in order to encourage them to complete their education and acquire certain titles because they will not be able to live on the minimum guaranteed fees and temporary public works in the future.

They further noted that the Centre for Social Welfare aims to help and strives to meet the needs of all members of the Roma community in Belisce to make their life easier.

The debate was attended by 40 members of the Roma national minority who were active in asking questions and seeking advice from guests.

Public debate was held within the project "Legal inclusion and sustainable integration of Roma in Croatia" funded by the European Union assistance from the IPA 2012 "Strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations to ensure the effective implementation of EU standards in the realization of human rights" and co – financed by Office for Cooperation with NGOs.