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24/06/2011

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EU leaders give a boost to EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies

At its meeting on 23-24 June in Brussels, the European Council has endorsed the Presidency’s report on Roma inclusion and called for the rapid implementation of the Council’s conclusions of 19 May 2011 on the EU framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020.

At its meeting on 23-24 June in Brussels, the European Council has endorsed the Presidency’s report on Roma inclusion and called for the rapid implementation of the Council’s conclusions of 19 May 2011 on the EU framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020.

This framework obliges all Member States to set, in proportion to the population on their territory, individual national Roma integration strategies by the end of the year. They should meet a number of common goals in four priority areas: access to education, jobs, healthcare and housing.

The European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC), in which the Fundación Secretariado Gitano and other important European NGOs take part, has released a press statement in which it applauds the initiative.

Declarations

(The press release of the European Commission includes the following statements and comments):

European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner, said: "Today's agreement is a huge step forward for millions of Roma around Europe. The EU is sending a strong signal: the exclusion of the Roma is not compatible with our societal values and our economic model.

European leaders have made an unprecedented commitment to improving Roma integration and I would like to thank the Hungarian Presidency in particular for its determination in obtaining this commitment. I also welcome the cooperation from other experienced international bodies such as the Council of Europe, which is working closely with local and regional authorities across Europe for better Roma integration.

Now is the time to translate words into action. The EU Framework cannot succeed without the strong and sustained support of all Member States. I look forward to seeing how each national government intends to achieve a better integration of Roma people in their country."

László Andor EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion stressed the importance of immediate action to integrate the Roma saying "The situation for Roma people across Europe has worsened which is why we need to move urgently from hopes and aspirations to practical action that actually makes a difference on the ground.

Today's support from EU leaders for an EU framework is an important step that shows Europe does not accept the social and economic exclusion of millions of Roma people. The national strategies, which I hope will be ambitious and realistic, can now get off the ground".

He added: "Roma representatives can play a decisive role in ensuring that Roma integration strategies are both appropriate and implemented effectively. Monitoring will be crucial ensuring that national strategies are effectively implemented and that money intended for Roma integration really reaches the final beneficiary".

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