World Roma Day on 8 April is a day for celebrating the many ways that people of Roma origin enrich our diverse European societies. However, it is also a day when we should remember their persecution and discrimination in Europe through the centuries.
In 2015, this day serves as a timely reminder that in order to honour its past commitments, the European Union and its Member States must intensify their efforts to ensure the fundamental rights of all Roma in the EU are fully respected and fulfilled.
"Evidence shows that many Roma continue to suffer social exclusion and discrimination in key areas of social life, such as employment, education, health and housing," said FRA Interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. "These phenomena are intrinsically linked to the racism and intolerance against Roma in many communities across the EU. Anti-Roma prejudice and racism undermine social inclusion efforts and community cohesion, and must be tackled decisively alongside efforts to improve their socio-economic conditions."