The 8th European Platform for Roma Inclusion is a one-day event. The event was attended by Vice-President Reding and other Commissioners.
Many Roma people in Europe face discrimination and social exclusion in their daily lives. They are marginalised and live in very poor socio-economic conditions.
The European Platform for Roma inclusion (or European Roma Platform) was created to support policy developments for Roma integration and stimulate exchanges and coordination among Member States, international organizations and Roma civil society.
The European Platform for Roma inclusion is an important forum for concerted actions of all relevant stakeholders for the economic and social integration of Roma people in Europe.
The Platform contributes to making both European and national policies more sensitive to Roma needs.
The meeting explored the urgent need and possible solutions for advancing the integration of Roma children and youth, who are particularly vulnerable also within the Roma communities. It concentrated on finding positive integration models for Roma children and youth that overcome obstacles hindering their equal access to quality services in various fields. Four successive panel discussions were held focusing on:
Participants included: representatives from the Member States, international organisations, civil society, academics and local and regional authorities from all over Europe.