Nicolae Gheorghe, who has died at the age of 66, moved from being an assimilated Romanian to an avid Roma activist. He said of himself: “I was taught to be Romanian…I rediscovered my identity…I want to die as a human being.”
On 26 June, the European Commission called on Member States to deliver on their commitments to ensure equality and to do more to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma. The call draws on the work and findings from FRA’s multi-annual Roma programme.
The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has set up a Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. It is responsible for equality, discrimination (on any grounds), all forms of racism, xenophobia and the situation of minorities.
FRA Director Morten Kjaerum held a speech on the occasion of International Roma Day on 8 April at a conference entitled 'Realising Roma rights: addressing violence, discrimination and segregation in Europe' at Harvard University.
FRA took part in the “From Pilots to Outcomes: Evidence-based lessons on socio-economic inclusion of Roma communities” conference organised by the UNDP, the World Bank and the European Commission on 15 March.