Beyond First Steps: What Next for the EU Framework for Roma Integration?

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The EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies called on all Member States of the European Union to develop a targeted and integrated approach to Roma inclusion, and to submit their strategies by the end of 2011. According to the European Commission, the resulting strategies amounted to a “first step” towards making “a real difference in the lives of the Roma population.”

In a climate of rising intolerance and deepening poverty, it is vital to move beyond the faltering first steps and ensure that the prospects for tangible change in the lives of Europe’s Roma communities do not simply dissolve.

This paper offers a set of recommendations that the European Commission needs to consider in order to keep the Framework on track.