“Roma integration: the Role of Local Authorities”

27 November 2014, Brussels
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) organised a conference with European local authorities on 27th November at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
Roma in Europe continue to face constant discrimination. Segregation in education, poor housing, violence and forced evictions are some of the types of discrimination they face in their daily lives. As a way to improve the integration of the 10-12 million Roma across Europe, in 2011 the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. Following this Framework, member states committed themselves to ensure equality and improving the socio-economic situation of Roma by delivering their National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS). In December 2013, the Council recommendation on effective Roma integration measures was adopted. This contains a number of provisions which emphasise the necessity of Roma integration at the local level. It is clear that the challenge now falls upon national governments to involve local authorities in the implementation of the NRIS.
Against this backdrop, this European level conference gathered representatives of local authorities from across Europe, civil society and from the EU. It provided a platform for discussion and exchange of information between the different local authorities in Europe concerning the NRIS and the implementation of the Racial Equality Directive (RED). Exchange of positive practices were also identified as well as the challenges faced by local/regional authorities in the NRIS and RED implementation and any potential solutions to overcome them.


Presentations from the conference

Sergi Alegre Calero, Municipality of El Prat de Llobregat, Catalonia, Spain
Andriani Papadopoulou, Greek Ombudsman
Nadir Redzepi, MtM Open Society Foundations
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