EDITORIAL

The costs of somnolent passiveness

Each time our rulers brag about the economic growth percentage higher than forecast, or other achievements that are more or less frequent in our existence, one of the structures of the Council of Europe “solemnly” warns them about increasing organization deficits which, in reality, are explained mostly through the somnolence of Romanian deputies in the European Parliament. They avoid committing themselves to discussions, negotiations, debates in the EP, with possible counter-arguments based on truth, or at least with nuancing the frequent accusations made against Romania. Without such a dignified attitude of representatives of the Romanian state, they often only take notice of what they are asked or imposed, and rapidly do as demanded.
Alas, this somnolent passiveness is present among our ruling politicians from all parties. But the same passiveness is not encountered in their mutual relations, as ruling factors, when reciprocal accusations often escalate to a start of civil war.

No, this passiveness is manifest only in how they acknowledge a possible criticism coming from the EU. It is precisely what happened when the Human Rights Commissioner of the EU criticized Romania for having many children abandoned by their families. Which families emigrate in higher numbers and leave the children in the “care” of relatives, most often lacking protection against their own poverty. This leaves without support the minors whose parents emigrated looking for a job. Also because the official child care services do not give the needed results.
Up to this point, the intervention of the European commissioner is justified. But only partly, because dealing with the signaled deficits pertains not only from the Romanian government, but also to the consistence of the policies adopted by the European Union. Real Romania, concrete Romania – not that in the imagination of super-rich moguls – struggles in the clutch of terrible poverty. In the rural areas, as well as on the outskirts of towns over 50 pc of total population lives on the edge of poverty. This explains the fact that, in the EU, Romania has the highest percentage of child mortality and general mortality. A tragedy determined by the fact that our country holds sad records of cardiovascular, kidney and lung diseases, diabetes etc. This is why our demographic index is collapsing.
Our representative politicians in the European or national Parliament do not have the courage to face this painful reality. They hide behind excuses. The abnormal pressure of emigration is explained through the “freedom of movement.” An explainable method, when we know that precisely by boosting the general impoverishment process of the population these “exponential politicians” could increase their wealth to levels that are seldom encountered today even in the richest countries of the EU. And precisely this duplicity of our rulers opens the gate and favors some critical observations from the EU, which are less real and less justified. Such as the one recently made by the EU commissioner, referring to the so-called “official anti-Gypsism.”
So, in the conception of the recent formal analyst of the EU, the Roma minority of Romania is confronted by a wide-scale official hostility. One should not forget that, during centuries, the Roma minority permanently amplified the presence in the Romanian space, also by its emigration from neighbor countries. It is known that, throughout history, the Roma minority did not suffer in Romania a pogrom like in other European countries which today ignore their own history. Precisely this Christian kindness of Romanians explains the fact that today some of the wealthiest moguls belong to the Roma community. The man known as Bercea Mondial, like the frequently self-entitled “emperors” or “kings” of the Roma from all over the world also originate in Romania, where they live unhindered. The only reality that could justify the abovementioned accusations is the quasi-general school abandonment present among the Roma ethnics.
But this fundamental issue is explained through the reluctant attitude of some Roma chieftains, who consider that education would estrange them from their rigorously preserved traditions. This conception blocked many initiatives taken by the Romanian government during the last 25 years. Ever since the ‘90s of last century, the Ministry of National Education has conceived a strategy of education for Roma. Its provisions favored the positive discrimination of Roma ethnics in all education cycles. High-schools and universities have places reserved to Roma students, which can be occupied without any admission exam. The main target of this positive discrimination was, and remains, training Roma teachers that would convince the members of the community to educate their children. Unfortunately, these places specially provided for Roma are not completely occupied, precisely because of the aforementioned conservative conception of Roma leaders, undisputed tribal chieftains for the minority.
In order to overcome this traditional minority among the Roma, the Ministry of National Education has permanently expanded the collaboration with the NGOs committed to the education of the Roma minority. But here, too, appear problems that hinder the presence of Roma children in schools. These problems largely result from the fact that such organizations have other intentions than those strictly educational: religious proselytism, obtaining privileges etc.
Thus, deprived of education, the Roma community is at the edge between an ethnic minority and a criminal majority. Although school is the decisive element for supporting the condition of ethnic minority and for overcoming the condition of criminal majority, school is avoided and ignored. Also during electoral campaigns, when many political organization of the Roma promise many material benefits to their electorate, in exchange of votes, but forget to ask them to send their children to school.

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