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The Council of the EU adopted a recommendation on effective Roma integration measures in the Member States on 9 December. It aims to guide Member States in enhancing the effectiveness of their measures to achieve Roma integration and to strengthen the implementation of their national strategies. The recommendation stresses the importance of adopting an integrated approach, involving Roma themselves, in tackling housing, education, healthcare and employment. The needs of Roma women should also be catered for, as many find themselves in a particularly difficult situation. This was recently recognised in a report by the FRA produced at the request of the European Parliament. As requested in the Council recommendation, FRA stands ready to assist Member States in their monitoring efforts for their national Roma integration strategies by developing relevant core indicators, methods of empirical social research and data collection that serves to measure progress on a regular basis.
In addition, on 12 December, the European Parliament discussed Roma integration. Drawing on FRA’s data, one resolution called on the gender aspect of Roma integration to be more closely examined and addressed in national strategies. A second resolution called for FRA to assist Member States in collecting disaggregated data and developing indicators on the plight of Roma across Europe today. Such data would cover their socio-economic situation with a particular focus on women and children, discrimination and hate crime. The data would also support the Council’s recommendation to measure the effectiveness of national strategies.
During the discussions, the Parliament also called on the Commission to set up an effective EU-wide monitoring mechanism.
Find more information about the debate and the speeches on the European Parliament website. See also: