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The Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda coordinates the national Roma integration strategy in Spain. Whilst considerable progress has been registered over the years in relation to Roma inclusion, further efforts were needed at a regional level to work towards policies that took the Roma community more into consideration. Ensuring a more widespread use of the State Roma Council, including at a regional level, would constitute a crucial step. Several projects were ongoing, including employment programmes, education campaigns as well others focused on Romani culture and language. The country visit took place on 19 and 20 April in Spain.
2023-04-19 & 20 - The Roma - Mission report from country visit to Spain
Despite some progress in Roma participation at the national and local level, discrimination and antigypsysim remain a challenge, and are at the root of the problems faced by the Roma community. More is needed to tackle school segregation and discrimination in employment. Participants highlighted the role of the media in depicting a negative image of the Roma, pointing at the need to also portray success stories. Online education as a result of the pandemic brought further challenges for the Roma community. This country visit took place virtually on 23 November.
The Roma - Mission report from virtual Country Visit to Slovakia
The Ministry of European Funds coordinates the national Roma integration strategy in Romania. Romania is the country with the biggest Roma population in the European Union. Discrimination and antigypsyism remain key challenges, impinging on housing and employment prospects. The importance of data for the formulation of policies which matched the needs of the Roma community was underlined, as well as the need for more policies which strengthened and supported Roma women and girls' rights. The country visit took place virtually from 16 to 17 November.
The Roma - Mission report from virtual Country Visit to Romania
The High Commission for Migration is the national coordinator of the National Roma Integration Strategy. In the field of housing, very segregated neighbourhoods still persist, along with strong discrimination. Engaging with municipalities and mayors is crucial in order to improve the housing situation. Despite some positive changes over the past 3 years, education remains challenging; scholarships and financial support for students are urgently needed. In the field of antigypsyism, participants underlined the role of media in perpetuating stereotypes and fake news about Roma people. The National Roma Communities Integration Strategy is an achievement, however real dialogue between different areas and stakeholders is still lacking. The question of Roma political representation is crucial, and the involvement of Roma communities in the assessment of the NRIS is fundamental.
The country visit took place from 12 to 14 February in Portugal
2020-02-12 to 14 - The Roma - Mission report from country visit to Portugal
The Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania coordinates the 2015-2020 Action Plan for Integration of Roma into the Lithuanian society. Housing remains the biggest challenge, with among others the dismantlement of the Kirtimai settlement in Vilnius which is related to cases of destruction and forced evictions. Key challenges regarding education are early dropouts and early marriages. Issues related to education are not related to unwillingness on the part of the Roma, but because the basic needs of the children are not met. The need to promote the access of Roma people to self-employment opportunities and trainings was a recurrent point throughout the country visit. This mission has confirmed the need to ensure the participation of Roma people in the post-2020 strategy, and the importance of Roma culture as an integral part of the strategy.
The country visit took place from 24 to 25 October 2019 in Lithuania.
2019-10-24 to 25 - The Roma - Mission report from country visit to Lithuania
The Netherlands have a set of policy measures within the Netherlands' social inclusion policies that correspond to the National Roma Integration Strategies. However, there is no systematic collection of data on the situation of Roma, Sinti and Travellers. Many Roma, Sinti and Travellers are concerned about the way the National Roma Integration Strategies are implemented in the Netherlands, and are very worried for the post-2020 period. Most of them experience the housing policy in the Netherlands as a repressive one. The country visit has shown the importance of acknowledging the diversity of the Roma, Sinti and Travellers, in order to better tackle antigypsyism and strengthen Roma inclusion.
The country visit took place from 9 to 10 July 2019 in the Netherlands.
The Roma - Mission report from Country Visit to the Netherlands