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The European Commission brings together representatives from the Member States and civil society to prepare the next European Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies 2020-2030. [editar]

Fundación Secretariado Gitano highlighted the need to continue strengthening policies for social inclusion, especially through employment and education. Without supposing any detriment of the commitment to the political participation of Roma and the fight against antigypsyism.

03/10/2019
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The European Commission brings together representatives from the Member States and civil society in Brussels to prepare the next European Framework for Strategies for the Social Inclusion of Roma 2020-2030.

Fundación Secretariado Gitano highlighted the need to continue strengthening policies for social inclusion through employment and education, especially. Without supposing detriment of the commitment to social and political participation of Roma people and the fight against antigypsyism.

The European Commission gathered in Brussels about 120 representatives of the European, national and European civil society institutions to discuss in what way European policies (which will mark national ones) should focus the policies for the inclusion of Roma. The discussions were divided into 4 themes: political options for European action for equality and inclusion; Measurement of progress in equality and inclusion; fight against antigypsyism and promotion of political participation of the Roma; diversity among the Roma population.

Fundación Secretariado Gitano came with the objective of reinforcing the idea that, although measures of a political dimension and the fight against discrimination are necessary, social inclusion programs for key areas such as employment and education are crucial and are giving good results. Therefore, those policies should not lose support, since a setback in these programs could have negative repercussions on a whole generation of Roma people. This vision was shared by the participants in the meeting who agreed that support and reinforcement of social inclusion policies should be one of the keys to the new European framework 2020-30. In addition, attendees called for the inclusion of policies aimed at political recognition, the social and political participation of Roma and the fight against antigitanism as essential measures so that other policies have a greater impact on society.

Other topics discussed and on which the participants agreed was the need to have data on the impact that programs and policies have on the Roma population. The situation of Roma people living in countries other than those of origin (especially those from Eastern Europe residing in Western Europe and people living nomadic or semi-nomadic) was another issue discussed, since that these people often live without attention in the countries of destination and the countries of origin also tend to neglect. Therefore, measures were requested to make national strategies put measures for the social inclusion of these people.

The session was closed with the words of the director of the unit for Non-Discrimination and Roma coordination of DG Justice, Schabolz Schmidt, who said that before the end of the year there will be new meetings by sectors (civil society, representatives of the states and institutions European separate) and that from these meetings a draft will come out that the new European Commission will finish in the first half of 2020.
From the Fundación Secretariado Gitano we will be working for the achievement of a new framework keeping the policies for the inclusion of the Roma at the highest level and that offer the best opportunities for equality.

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