This problem is not ours alone. We share it with the new member states of the region, and to some extent, mostly in the form of a migration problem, with the Western countries too. On the other hand, there are programmes that have been proven to open up ways out of poverty and hopelessness, alongside with easing the ethnic tension. Gábor Daróczi, who I am proud to have among the members of my team, has long been among the designers and providers of such programmes. One of his current efforts is to help Roma families living in depressed areas to develop an autonomous community and a way of life that is much less dependent on the large systems, e.g. in energy supply, than it was before. It is part of our mission to try to generate support for such programmes, alleviating defencelessness and furthering sustainability, in the European Parliament.

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