The first EU Framework on National Roma Integration Strategies ended in 2020, and the new 10-year strategic framework started in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first framework brought little overall progress. Evaluations show some gains in education and poverty reduction, but none, or even deterioration, in crucial areas such as employment, healthcare and housing. The new EU Roma Strategic Framework for equality, inclusion and participation sets ambitious targets in seven key areas: non-discrimination, inclusion, participation, education, employment, health and housing. It sets out a stronger monitoring framework, with a range of quantifiable and measurable targets to track progress. Meanwhile, the pandemic affected Roma and Traveller communities disproportionately by amplifying inequalities and, in some countries, fuelling antigypsyism and anti-Roma prejudice.
In this chapter:
- Towards a new effort to improve Roma lives in the EU
- A new EU Roma strategic framework for equality, inclusion and participation until 2030