National strategies for integrating Roma
The Commission has just presented an EU-wide framework for national strategies on integrating Roma. The framework will serve as the basis for national policies concerning Roma and will contribute to mobilising European funds available for this.
The Member States will be required to present their national strategies before the end of 2011, including clear objectives to be achieved in the areas of education, employment, health and housing. They are also invited to adapt their operational programmes co-financed by the Structural Funds in order to provide strength to the projects targeting the Roma population.
The European Commission will be holding a high level meeting 23-25 May this year in Slovakia (Bratislava and Kosice) on the contribution made by European funds to Roma integration. This event follows on from the 2008 European Roma Summit held in Brussels and other similar events organised in Hungary in 2009 and Romania in 2010.
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