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European Commission urges Roma social inclusion

07/04/2010

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:

  • Mobilising the Structural Funds, including the European Social Fund Choose translations of the previous link  – which together represent almost half of the EU's budget – to support Roma inclusion;
  • Taking Roma issues into account in all relevant policy areas at national and EU level, from employment to urban development and from public health to EU expansion;
  • Harnessing the potential of Roma communities to support inclusive growth as part of the Europe 2020 strategy.

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.

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