In 2010 the European Commission set up an internal Roma Task Force, in which the FRA participates, to assess how EU funds are used for Roma integration and identify ways to improve the funds’ effectiveness. One of the major issues identified by the Task Force, and also highlighted in previous reports by the EU and other international organisations, was the paucity of data concerning the socio-economic situation of Roma across the EU.
02/10/2012 to 03/10/2012
The European Commission has invited FRA to give an update on its Roma Programme at the first meeting of the National Roma Contact Points (NCPs), which will take place in Brussels on 2/3 October.
Effective national monitoring structures and quantifiable targets were identified as vital to help promote Roma inclusion in Europe, at the Extraordinary European Platform for Roma Inclusion, in Brussels on 22 March 2012.
Europe must continue to pull together to combat Roma discrimination, prejudice, poverty and social exclusion, says the FRA on the occasion of the International Roma Day on April 8.
02/02/2011 to 04/02/2011
Organised under the Czech Presidency of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in co-operation with FRA, this conference aims to present local and international contexts of ...
A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) gives evidence that Roma and Travellers are strongly disadvantaged in private and social housing throughout the European Union. This includes discrimination in access to housing, poor housing conditions, segregation, and forced evictions. The FRA report highlights shortcomings and good practices across the EU. The FRA is of the opinion that Member States should pay higher attention to the issue of residential segregation and poor housing conditions. Member States and local authorities should implement existing anti-discrimination legislation and policies for Roma inclusion, and intensify their efforts to better inform the Roma of their rights, and involve them in the planning and implementation of housing policies.
9 November 2009, FRA releases a new report on "The situation of Roma EU citizens moving to and settling in other EU Member States". This report provides evidence that Roma are strongly discriminated against and experience social exclusion when exercising their EU citizens' right of freedom of movement. The FRA report highlights shortcomings but also points out good practices across the EU. It gives concrete recommendations on how the situation could be improved.The Agency will present its Report and some positive initiatives at a Joint International Conference of the FRA, Council of Europe and the OSCE on Roma migration and freedom of movement, which takes place in Vienna on 09-10 November.
Currently, there is much debate about the position of the Roma, both living in their country of origin or in another EU Member State. The Fundamental Rights Agency is mandated to provide evidence-based advice to decision-makers in the EU. The Agency's evidence aims at informing EU and national policy-makers and contextualising debates on fundamental rights in the European Union.
The objective of the project was to study the housing situation of Roma and Travellers across the EU, highlighting significant initiatives that improve their living conditions.