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European Roma Summit: Going local on Roma inclusion

indexThe third Roma summit to be held in Brussels on 4 April 2014 will take stock of progress made on Roma inclusion in the European Union since the last Roma summit in 2010.

Around 500 representatives of EU institutions, national governments and parliaments, international organisations, mayors, civil society organisations (including Roma organisations) and local and regional authorities are invited to express their views on how to deliver further on the implementation of the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies. Going local on Roma inclusion both in the EU as well as in enlargement countries will be the central focus of the summit.

Among the speakers will be Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Vice-President Viviane Reding (Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship), Commissioner László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), Commissioner Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) and Commissioner Füle (Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy) . Other key speakers include Romanian President Traian Băsescu, George Soros, Chairman of the Open Society Foundations, and a number of Ministers from EU Member States and enlargement countries.

The summit will focus on three major themes that will be the subjects of panel discussions:

  1. Making policies inclusive for all Roma at the local level.
  2. Making EU funding reach the local and regional authorities to support Roma integration.
  3. Making Roma integration a local reality in enlargement countries.

This event will be streamed live through this website to ensure anyone can watch it.

Select here for the Agenda.


Equality: EU rules to tackle discrimination now in place in all 28 EU Member States


European Union rules to tackle discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religious belief, disability, age and sexual orientation have now been implemented by all Member States in national law. Now, further efforts are needed to apply them in practice. These are the key findings of a new report released by the European Commission today.

Press release: Equality: EU rules to tackle discrimination now in place in all 28 EU Member States

COM(2014)2: Joint Report on the application of Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin (‘Racial Equality Directive’) and of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation (‘Employment Equality Directive’) [pdf]

SWD(2014)5: Annexes to the Joint Report on the application of the Racial Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) and the Employment Equality Directive (2000/78/EC) [pdf]


How to Present a Discrimination Claim: Handbook on seeking remedies under the EU Non-discrimination Directives [pdf]