FRA supports European Commission call to step up Roma integration

Roma population in Europe
Roma population in Europe
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 Commission's progress report shows that Member States need to do better in implementing their national Roma integration strategies, which are a important part of the EU’s Framework for Roma integration. The report points to the findings of FRA’s Roma pilot survey that reveal that Roma continue to be marginalised and mostly live in very bad socio-economic conditions.

The report mentions that future such annual progress reports will continue to draw on data collected by FRA and on the contributions received from civil society organisations. They will also be fed by the work of FRA’s ad hoc Roma working party comprised of national representatives. This working party aims to help participating Member States set up effective monitoring mechanisms to obtain reliable and comparable results on Roma integration. Such results will look at progress in reaching the goals set out in national strategies and local action plans. They will also capture improvements in the socio-economic situation of Roma and in their fundamental rights compared to non-Roma people.

FRA is working hand-in-hand with Member States to define core indicators and data collection methods to regularly measure progress, particularly at local level. This will enable efficient reporting and comparison between the situation of Roma and non-Roma in and across Member States.

The new report was accompanied by a proposed recommendation to Member States for specific national measures and horizontal policy measures, including local actions to improve the situation of Roma people. 

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