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It also spoke about the need to address poverty and housing deprivation related difficulties. It also suggested adopting measures that should accommodate Roma students’ diversity and should set challenging expectations based on the principle that quality education should fit the learner rather than requiring them to fit into an existing system. These views were drawn from its report on A persisting concern: anti-Gypsyism as a barrier to Roma inclusion and an upcoming working paper on transition from education to employment.

The hearing on 4 June in Brussels was organised by the European Economic and Social Committee. It gathered experts, NGOs as well as MEPs to discuss the situation and possible instruments that would help reduce early school leaving among Roma.