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9 May: Europe Day [editar]

Attention to people in situations of poverty or social exclusion and guaranteeing of their rights continues to be one of the main goals to be achieved.

FSG Internacional

9 May: Europe Day

On Europe Day (May 9) and still facing the global crisis of COVID-19, we need to continue counting on a committed and united Europe that is capable of ensuring equal rights for all, especially supporting those who are in a situation of social vulnerability, such as Roma people.

This year, Europe Day is called to be celebrated once again under the effects and impact of COVID-19, which continues hitting the most vulnerable social groups with the same force, including the Roma population. Throughout this year there have been several initiatives carried out by the different European Institutions: the European Strategic Framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation of the Roma population 2020-2030, which includes the Council Recommendation on Equality, Inclusion and Participation of the Roma populationThe new European Anti-Racism Plan 2020-2025 and the Action Plan of the European Pillar of Social Rights 2021-2030. In addition to these initiatives, we must add the new programming period of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-20027, whose Regulations on the new ESF + / ERDF will be approved by June 2021. These Funds will have important new features and will be more focused on promoting equality of the groups in the greatest situation of vulnerability or social exclusion, including the Roma population. For this, it has a specific financial objective (viii a) that focuses on the socioeconomic inclusion of the Roma population, allowing specific funds to be programmed for the promotion of employment, housing, education and the fight against discrimination, among other aspects. .

That is why we are pleased with the work and effort made by the European Institutions in favour of the Roma population, but it is necessary that this relevant and focused support has its practical effectiveness in the most needy people.

In the last decade, the EU institutions have been key players in promoting the fight against inequality and discrimination suffered by many Roma people across Europe. They have put this issue on the European agenda and, as a consequence, on the national agendas of state members. EU must continue to lead the response to aggravated inequality with a vision that combines the emergency, but also the structural measures in the medium and long term, which are the most effective tools to achieve equal rights for European Roma citizens.