European Roma Summit with the participation of José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the 3rd European Roma Summit. Around 500 Representatives of EU institutions, national Governments and Parliaments, International Organisations, Mayors, civil society organisations (including Roma organisations) and local and regional authorities were invited to express their views on how to deliver further on the implementation of the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies. Going local on Roma inclusion both in the EU as well as in enlargement countries was the central focus of this Summit.
It was the first Summit since the EC put in place an EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies in 2011. The aim was to take stock of how the national Roma strategies submitted by Member States on an annual basis as a result of the EU Framework, were implemented and if they were improving the life of Roma communities on the ground.