Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
The European Commission will present its latest progress report on Roma integration within the Member States. The report takes stock of how Member States are implementing their national plans to improve the lives of Roma communities in their country under the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies.
At the same time, the Commission will give yet another push to Roma integration by presenting a Recommendation to Member States, to be adopted by the Council.
Roma integration is in the interest of Member States, especially for those with a large Roma minority. Roma represent a significant and growing proportion of the school age population and the future workforce. In countries like Bulgaria and Romania, one in every four to five new labour market entrants are Roma. Efficient labour activation policies and individualised and accessible support services for Roma job seekers are crucial to allow Roma people to live up to their potential and actively and equally participate in society.
In a report on 23 May 2012, the European Commission called on EU Member States to implement their national strategies to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma. Member States developed these plans in response to the Commission's EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies adopted on 5 April 2011 (see IP/11/400, MEMO/11/216) which was endorsed by EU leaders soon afterwards (IP/11/789).
On 15 May 2013, the Commission met with key players from Roma civil society at the Roma Roundtable to help prepare the latest progress report (IP/13/437).
Vice-President Reding and Commissioner Andor will give a press conference.
IP will be published on the day.