The European Platform for Roma Inclusion was set up following the General Affairs Council Conclusions of 8th December 2008 which called upon the Commission "to organise, initially, an exchange of good practice and experience between the Member States in the sphere of the Roma, provide analytical support and stimulate cooperation between all parties concerned by Roma issues, including the organisations representing Roma, in the context of an integrated European platform". More on the Platform process
The Commission's Communication on an EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies by 2020 COM(2011)173 announces a reform of this mechanism, so as to strengthen its role and functioning.
On 22 March 2012, the Extraordinary European Platform for Roma inclusion will take place in order to give all stakeholders involved an opportunity to express their views on the national efforts and to pave the way for the successful implementation of national Roma integration strategies.
The representatives of the EU Member States (national contact points), Members of the European Parliament, various organisations and Roma civil society will exchange views on national efforts when preparing, designing the national Roma integration strategies. On a more forward looking note participants will also be expected to share their ideas on how the implementation of the strategies can be made efficient and sustainable.