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EU citizens have the right to move and live anywhere in the European Union, provided that they meet certain conditions. This is an important right to achieve European integration and is included in the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights (Article 45). However, FRA research shows that many Roma EU citizens settling in another Member State in search of better conditions continue to experience racism, discrimination and exclusion.
On 9 November 2009, the FRA presents its comparative reports on:
Selected positive initiatives - The situation of Roma EU citizens moving to and settling in other EU Member States
Joint FRA, COE, OSCE International Conference on Roma (9-10 November 2009)
These FRA reports form part of a joint action on freedom of movement and migration of Roma, initiated in 2008 by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights (CommHR), the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM). They were presented on 9 November 2009 at an international conference, organised jointly by the above organisations.
Please be informed that the conference report is under preparation. Should you require more information, do not hesitate to contact Eva.Sobotka@fra.europa.eu
In order to investigate how EU citizens exercise their right to freedom of movement ‘on the ground', in 2008 the FRA launched a major research project based on interview fieldwork research. The research was carried out in 2009 in France, Finland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, providing a broad reflection of the experience of Roma EU citizens in ‘receiving' countries.