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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.
For more information see:
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the regions - Steps forward in implementing national Roma integration strategies
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the regions - An EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020
- Proposal for a Council recommendation on effective Roma integration measures in the Member States