Roma poverty and employment were the focus of a FRA presentation on 5 April at a conference on employment opportunities for young Roma, part of the European Parliament’s Roma Week activities, organised by the ERGO Network and MEPs.
On International Roma Day, FRA calls for greater efforts to combat discrimination and anti-Gypsyism and further the inclusion of Roma, Sinti, Traveller and other similar communities. The success (or failure) of Roma integration is a test of Europe’s ability to provide decent conditions for any vulnerable group.
On 23 November, FRA took part in the event ‘Immigration from South-Eastern Europe: Best practice for integration in German cities’ organised by the Berlin Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women’s Affairs and Minor.
The main phase of FRA’s Local Engagement for Roma Inclusion (LERI) project is now taking shape, after the pilot phase revealed a number of barriers to improving Roma integration. The project is taking place in 22 localities across 11 EU Member States: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the UK.
From late September to mid-October, FRA staff will attend interviewer briefings for the second EU Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II) that are taking place in each of the 28 EU Member States.