Joint Press conference by Viviane Reding and László Andor on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies
On 5 April 2011, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, called on Member States to set national strategies for Roma integration.
Indeed Europe's 10-12 million Roma continue to face discrimination, exclusion and the denial of their rights, while governments lose out on increased revenue and productivity because potential talent could go wasted. Better economic and social integration is needed at all levels to address the multiple causes of exclusion.
Therefore the European Commission put forward a European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. This EU Framework will help guide national Roma policies and mobilise funds available at EU level to support inclusion efforts. The Framework focuses on four pillars: access to education, jobs, healthcare and housing. Member States should set individual national Roma integration goals in proportion to the population on their territory and depending on their starting point. SHOTLISTLINKLINK