Extracts from the "EU Projects in Favour of the Roma Community" Conference
End production: 10/03/2010 First transmission: 10/03/2010
On 10 March 2010, the European Commission organised a conference and an exhibition entitled "EU Projects in Favour of the Roma Community" in Charlemagne building, in Brussels. The event was part of the Commission's contribution to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The Roma population is one of the largest ethnic minorities in the EU with millions living in many Member States. As well as facing persistent discrimination and social exclusion, they are at greatest risk of being poor and unemployed. European and national opinion surveys show that many Europeans have negative views about Roma which are often based on stereotypes and prejudice. The Commission is committed to supporting Member States in implementing policies to improve the situation of the Roma and make use of EU programmes and funds for this purpose.
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||Exterior view of the Charlemagne building, in Brussels
||Arrival of Odile Quintin, Director general of Education and Culture DG of the EC (2 shots)
||Cutaway of participants
||Soundbite by Odile Quintin (in FRENCH) saying that the Roma people are one of the largest minority in the European Union; however their situation is characterised by persistent discrimination and profound social exclusion; the statistics are complicated, but the Roma are the Europeans people whose are the most exposed to the risk of poverty, unemployment and social exclusion; low levels of education, weak health and bad housing conditions are often the daily of the Roma community.
||Cutaway of people listening
||Soundbite by Odile Quintin (in FRENCH) saying that last week the European Commission published its strategy for the next decade for the European Union; they know this as strategy 2020, and the main challenges for the Roma are included; these are challenges in access to quality education, decent jobs, and this is at the heart of their new strategy and their policies; two of the objectives of the Commission are to reduce the number of children who leave the school system early; and they also wish to decrease the poverty level, those are two among the only five objectives that they have; two of the objectives are of direct interest to the Roma and are part of the inclusive growth approach which they have decided to develop.
||Cutaway of participants
||General view of the meeting
||People visiting the exhibition (11 shots)
||Cutaway of a cameraman
||Cutaways of musicians (10 shots)