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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Roma inclusion: an assessment from the European Commission out today

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News Today the Commission has published the results of an assessment that looks at how Member States are implementing their national Roma integration strategies. EU funding programmes have also tried to support actions and projects to enhance Roma inclusion in Member states. See for instance porgrammes like the EASI (Employment and Social and Social Innovation), the REC (Rights, Equality and Citizenship) programme whose calls for proposals are stil open, or even the European Social Fund in some regions.

The assessment highlights how the situation of Roma has changed since 2011. Overall, the picture is slowly improving, for instance there is now greater participation of Roma in early childhood education and a declining rate of early school-leavers. On the other hand, the assessment also shows that as many as 80% of Roma are still at risk of poverty; although this figure is lower than in 2011. In the areas of education, employment, health, and housing, improvements are unequal and modest.

Based on the assessment published today, the Commission will define the post 2020 Roma integration strategy, as called for by EU Member States.

The Commission has also launched an evaluation of the effectiveness, relevance and added value of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. All citizens, organisations, institutions and other stakeholders are welcome to express their views through the public consultation open until 25 October 2017.

Source :  Press room




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