Today, Eurodiaconia launched its new policy paper titled: “Promoting Roma Inclusion.”

The policy paper presents Eurodiaconia’s assessment of the progress in the field of Roma inclusion since the launch of the EU Framework for NRIS in 2011 and key recommendations for the final phase of implementation (2017-2020).

Building on member priorities and observations, the policy paper calls for increased stakeholder coordination and transparency, a strengthened emphasis on tackling discrimination and anti-gypsyism, as well as new ways to promote equal access to health, housing, education and employment. It also calls for the mainstreaming of a gender perspective across all areas of the NRIS, as Roma women are particularly vulnerable because of their position within the Roma community. All these areas are rights that are included in the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), which has been jointly proclaimed by the European Institutions in November 2017 and which aims at making existing social rights more effective for all EU citizens. To make these rights also a reality for Roma, Eurodiaconia and its members call on the European Commission to make use of the European Semester to increase the impetus on Member States to support Roma inclusion in all fields of the EU Framework on National Roma Integration Strategies.


To know more about Roma inclusion, check our latest policy paper.