11.08.2019The post-2020 EU Roma Integration Framework

An ambitious new EU Roma Integration Framework for the post-2020 period should continue the existing one. It will remain and further develop the four present priority areas (employment, education, health and housing)  adding also specific goals and attention on fight against anti-Gypsyism, meeting diversity within the Roma community and expanding Roma precipitation. The European Commission will organize special  workshop on the future of EU Roma policies on 1 October 2019. After an open tender DG Justice of the European Commission assigned a Consortium (composed by Fresno the right Link, Central European University and Center Amalipe to provide expert support for developing the post-2020 EU Roma Integration Framework.

The EU framework for National Roma integration strategies (NRIS) was adopted as a Communication by the Commission on 5 April 2011, and was welcomed by the European Council in June 2011. It invited Member States to design national Roma integration strategies and to set achievable national goals, building on four EU Roma integration goals in the areas of education, employment, health and housing. This requirement is included as ex-ante conditionality in the European social fund Regulations. As a result 27 EU member states prepared their NRISs.

In 2013, the Council adopted a Council Recommendation on effective Roma integration in the Member States, reinforcing the EU Framework and introducing Member States reporting on measures taken for Roma integration as of 2016. 

A mid-term evaluation of the EU Framework was carried out for the 2011-2017 period. It  concluded that the four priority areas (employment, education, health and housing) continue to be key for Roma inclusion. However, a specific nondiscrimination goal alongside the four Roma integration goals and a stronger focus on the fight against antigypsyism should complement the inclusion approach more forcefully. 

The evaluation also concluded that the framework had limited capacity to deal with diversity within the Roma population.  It did not pay sufficient attention to targeting specific groups among Roma (Roma women, youth, children as well as EU mobile Roma). 

In addition, the evaluation found that governance mechanisms are in place at the EU and national level, but that their function is still limited. Civil society participation has been fostered, but Roma still have only limited opportunities to participate effectively in political life and in all stages of the policy process. 

The most relevant documents related to the mid-term evaluation, including the Communication adopted on 4 December 2018 and its accompanying Staff Working Document, can be found here

On 4 and 5 March 2019, the Romanian EU Presidency organised a High Level Conference on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. During the 15 March 2019 EPSCO meeting, the Presidency presented a note highlighting that participants of the High Level Conference invited the Commission to propose an ambitious new EU Framework for the post-2020 period and called on Member States and enlargement countries to step up their commitment to Roma integration.

In June DG Justice of the European Commission assigned a Consortium (composed by Fresno the right Link, Central European University and Center Amalipe) to provide expert advice for developing the post-2020 EU Roma Integration Framework. This advice shall be prepared based on the findings of the mid-term evaluation, civil society monitoring reports and existing or forthcoming studies, reports and articles considered relevant. The experts shall prepare analysis and recommendations to the Commission on how a potential post-2020 EU Framework

- could better reflect and deal with the diversity within the Roma population in the EU, for example with the needs of Roma women, Roma youth, Roma children as well as EU mobile Roma and migrant Roma or other groups.;

-could contribute to combatting antigypsiysm;

-could contribute to promoting political, economic, social and cultural participation of Roma as well as involvement in policy design, implementation and monitoring at local, national and European level.

The first Draft of the recommendations will be discussed during the workshop on October 1 in which a large number of Roma and pro-Roma activists will take place. А Feedback Group will be formed in order to engage in structural way more Roma and pro-Roma experts.





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