2018 European Platform for Roma inclusion
Health and housing inequalities
endured by Roma
When : 8-9 October 2018
Where : Le Plaza hotel, Brussels
This gathering of policy makers and other stakeholders from Europe provides for an opportunity to discuss on how to advance the efforts in social and economic inclusion of the Roma people.
The thematic focus of this 12th Platform meeting was on inequalities endured by Roma in the areas of health and housing, two out of four crucial areas of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. All Member States have committed to this framework which was established in 2011 with a view to closing the gaps between marginalised Roma communities and the general population.
Workshops and political debate
Two parallel workshops devoted to Roma inequalities in the areas of health and housing took place on 9th October, in the morning. For that purpose, the EU umbrella Roma and pro Roma NGOs had prepared a background document.
- Workshop report - Health inequalities endured by Roma
- Workshop report - Housing inequalities endured by Roma
The workshops were followed by a plenary session of two exchange dialogues with various stakeholders, representing EU institutions, Member State's governments, Roma NGOs, academia, etc.
The 2018 Platform, indeed, provided a useful forum for the exchange of views on reducing inequalities in health and housing Roma people are confronted with.
As discussed within the workshops, only limited progress has been made in both areas. This was one of the reasons why both areas were brought to the EU level, for all stakeholders involved not only discussing the challenges but also identifying possible solutions.
As discussed, Roma meaningful participation in all stages of the process, including decision making, efficient use of available funding, political will at all levels, national, regional, local are indispensable for the interventions to bring tangible and long lasting results.
The Commission will carefully examine all the messages and recommendations presented by the participants within the workshops and the plenary session and will address them, within the remit of its competence, also in relation with the reflections on the future EU Roma inclusion strategy beyond 2020.
This year, the Platform was accompanied by a special event celebrating Roma culture and its contribution to the European cultural heritage which is scheduled for evening of 8th October. The Czech Roma theatre Ara Art walked us through the Roma history, culture and music by performing a storytelling "And again we slept PINDRAL
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