Jourová: Lack of support for Roma a ‘scar on Europe’s conscience’
The EU has failed to sufficiently support its Roma minority community, European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová said Wednesday when unveiling the bloc’s new Roma strategic framework for the next decade.
The new strategy aims to promote equality, inclusion and participation of Roma in political life. At the same time, the Commission has acknowledged that despite some progress in areas like education and poverty risk over the past 10 years, cases of school segregation have increased and access to employment has not improved.
“I want to be blunt: Over the last 10 years, we have not done enough to support the Roma population in the European Union,” Jourová said. “The lack of inclusion of Roma communities in our societies is a scar on Europe’s conscience.”
The Black Lives Matter movement and recent publication of the EU anti-racism action plan have renewed focus on the problems of discrimination and hate crimes across the bloc.
Surveys show Europe’s estimated 10-12 million Roma face high levels of poverty and discrimination.
The new Roma strategic framework focuses on fighting and preventing antigypsyism and discrimination, reducing poverty and social exclusion, promoting participation in political life, increasing effective equal access to quality education, increasing equal access to quality and sustainable employment, improving access to healthcare and increasing access to desegregated housing and services.
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