We are calling on our members to take part in public consultation to evaluate strengths and challenges of the EU’s actions for Roma integration.
On 19 July, the European Commission launched a public consultation to assess the implementation of the first EU Roma integration strategy. Known as the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, it was adopted in 2011. The main aim of the Framework is to promote social and economic inclusion of Roma, while at the same time fight discrimination.
EU governments are in the midterm of its implementation, so with this public consultation, the Commission wants to take stock of results achieved so far and to identify areas where more needs to be done to help the Roma people. Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová, said: “I want to use the consultation to identify weak points of our actions. I stand by those who are excluded or left in the margins, so I want us to make very concrete and effective steps to improve the situation of the Roma people.” The public consultation will help the Commission to build a better and more efficient strategy also beyond 2020. The consultation includes questions on how European and national policies have contributed to a better integration of Roma in society. It also assesses the effectiveness of legal and funding instruments that have been put in place to support Roma inclusion half way into their implementation.
All Roma and non-Roma citizens, civil society and international organisations, businesses and institutions from the EU and enlargement countries are welcome to respond by 25 October 2017 to the public consultation.
EU Roma Framework: In 2011 the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies focussing on four key areas: education, employment, healthcare and housing.
Public consultation: The aim of the consultation is to collect stakeholders’ views on the achievements and challenges faced during the years of implementation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online consultation form at the EU Survey page.