FRA presents results of Roma survey to European Parliament(01 June 2012)

The first findings of the recent survey on the situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States (which was launched on 23 May) were presented to members of the European Parliament on 31 May.

The presentation was given to the European Parliament's Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) by the FRA, together with UN Development Programme and World Bank experts, in cooperation with the European Commission. As one of the key findings, the FRA highlighted how widespread discrimination experiences and lack of access to justice coupled with socio-economic disadvantage and poverty affected the majority of the Roma respondents. Following the FRA's intervention, the European Commission pointed out the usefulness of the survey in supporting its monitoring of the effectiveness of the Roma integration policies. MEPs overwhelmingly welcomed the FRA's report, describing it as an essential tool to ensure that commitments translate into concrete action to improve the situation of the Roma. Members requested further data on all Member States as well as thematic reports with detailed data on key policy areas. There was also a call on the Commission to follow up on the findings and for reinstating Roma inclusion measures as conditionality into all of the EU's structural funds.

For more information about the report, please see the report page 'The situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States - Survey results at a glance'.

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