European Roma Strategy

7 April 2011, Brussels
On 7 April 2011 ERIO organised a conference "European Roma Strategy, a Borderline Between Past and Future for Roma” in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

The aim of the conference was to generate a European level debate on the Communication of the European Commission on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies that was adopted on 5 April. Since the Commission did not formally consult civil society during the development of the Framework, ERIO decided to provide an opportunity to EU authorities to present their views and insights on the strategy’s working process and to the Roma and non-Roma actors in the field to express their positions on this very important document.

The main objectives of this conference were to exchange views and ideas between stakeholders and possibly come with suggestions which could be taken into consideration during the Council conclusions on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies on 19 May. Although this was one of the topics discussed at the Budapest Roma Platform meeting (8 April), co-organised by the European Commission and the Hungarian EU Presidency, ERIO’s conference gave the opportunity to those who were not be able to attend that meeting to make their own contributions.

The conference gathered high level EU representatives and the opening speech was delivered by Commissioner Viviane Reding and the President of the Committee of Regions Mrs. Bresso.
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