Throughout the EU, the rights of children are still not fully respected, even after 25 years of the UN’s landmark child rights convention, despite on-going efforts by EU institutions and Member States.
Three new reports just published by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights focus on different thematic areas of its Roma survey. Looking specifically at education, poverty and employment, and gender, the findings all point to widespread Roma exclusion, where Roma fare worse than their non-Roma neighbours. All three reports serve to provide the data needed to help make Roma inclusion efforts more targeted and inclusive.
As EU ministers meet to discuss the future of the EU’s policies on freedom, security and justice, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) outlines practical suggestions in its Annual report about how to ensure people in the EU can have their rights better protected. It also maps out the fundamental rights challenges and achievements that took place over the course of 2013.
FRA took part in the 7th meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts for Roma Issues (CAHROM) organised by the Council of Europe. Representatives of the European Commission, UNDP, Open Society Foundations, Norway Grants and Roma NGOs/networks also attended the meeting in Strasbourg from 14-16 May.
On 8 April, International Roma Day, FRA spoke at a panel discussion on Roma policy in Austria and the EU at an event organised by the contact point for Integration Policy of the region of Lower Austria in St. Pölten.