Explanations are given on the central role played by the National Council on Ethnic and Demographic Issues (NCEDI). Established on 4 December 1997 by a decree of the Council of Ministers, this body acts as a state agency responsible for matters concerning all of the country's minorities. It takes charge of coordination and consultation with minority communities on government policy. It is chaired by a minister without portfolio. Some of the experts working for the NCEDI are of Roma origin. It is in contact with some thirty organisations representing minorities and with bodies similar to itself at the regional and municipal levels.


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