In 2011 the European Commission adopted in 2011 an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies focussing on four key areas: education, employment, healthcare and housing.
EU Member States have made an unprecedented commitment towards promoting Roma inclusion in the May 2011 EPSCO Council conclusions on an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, followed by the June 2011 Conclusions that endorsed the Presidency’s report on Roma inclusion.
What does the framework do?
The Framework invited all Member States to present the European Commission with their strategy for Roma inclusion or for specific policy measures for the Roma within their wider social inclusion policies. The main responsibility as well as the competences to improve the situation of all marginalised people, including the Roma, rest with the Member States. National contact points have been set up in each country for Roma integration strategies.
Where is it going?
The European Commission assessed these nationalal strategies and in May 2012 published its conclusions in a Communication (National Roma Integration Strategies: a first step in the implementation of the EU Framework) and in a Staff working document ). The assessment looked at the key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing, and in what ways the strategies envisaged setting up the structural requirements. The 2014 report looks at overall progress in all key areas.