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. The meeting on 17th-18th November 2011 will be the sixth meeting of the Platform, but the first since this reform.
The aim of the meeting is to discuss the contribution from each stakeholder in making the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies a success. It will provide the unique opportunity for discussing this issue before Member States are expected to present their strategies to the Commission.
In order to strengthen the outputs from the Platform, this meeting will include specific workshops for each stakeholder focusing upon the input from each in the Framework process: Member States will discuss among themselves of the challenges and successes in preparing their national strategies; civil society organisations will discuss how they can provide a coordinated input in the Framework's process; and international organisations will exchange views on their contribution and possible synergies. A plenary session on the second day of the event will allow for workshops' discussions to be shared and all views to be exchanged.