(04 December 2018) – Today, the Commission is publishing its evaluation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies for the 2011-2017 period. It shows that education among Roma improved, while segregation remains a challenge.
Education is the area achieving the most progress, especially with an increasing participation of Roma children in early childhood education and declining early school-leaving, although segregation remains a challenge.
Progress regarding health is limited and there is no improvement when it comes to the access to employment and housing, while some progress has been made in the fight against poverty. Antigypsyism and hate crime against Roma continue to be a matter of high concern.
The report also includes the results of a public consultation on the future of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. An overwhelming majority of the respondents think that the situation of Roma is worse than that of non-Roma in particular regarding discrimination, employment and housing.
60% of respondents said that national, regional and local authorities need EU-support to improve the situation of Roma.