Roma communities, the European Union’s largest ethnic minority, continue to face persistent discrimination and segregation.
In a policy Communication adopted on 7 April 2010, the Commission outlines an ambitious mid-term programme to meet the biggest challenges for Roma inclusion, including:
A separate report presented by the Commission evaluated the progress achieved in integration over the past two years. Although the situation of many of Europe's Roma people remains difficult, important progress has been made at EU and national levels. In the last two years, the EU and Member States have focused on making anti-discrimination laws and EU funding more effective in promoting Roma inclusion. This includes fighting discrimination, segregation and racist violence as well as supporting programmes to address the vicious circle of poverty, social marginalisation, low school achievement and poor housing and health.