The European Commission has called on EU Member States, in a report adopted on 23 May 2012, 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).
In the report, the Commission concludes that Member States have indeed made an effort to develop a comprehensive approach to Roma integration. However, today’s assessment also highlights that the majority of Member States have so far failed to allocate sufficient budgetary resources for Roma inclusion. Only 12 countries have clearly identified allocated funding, whether from national or EU sources, and presented specific amounts for Roma inclusion policy measures in their strategy papers (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Sweden).
For each of the four key areas for Roma integration, the Commission makes policy recommendations to the Member States and provides specific feedback on each national strategy, highlighting the key elements and identifying the main gaps.
You can download and read more about the report and its background here.