Council of the European Commission adopts recommendations

After the European Commission launched in February 2021 a new EU Roma Strategic Framework for equality, inclusion and participation 2020 -2030, the European Council adopted on the 2nd of March a recommendation on Roma equality, inclusion and participation, stepping up EU Member States’ commitment to effectively fight discrimination against Roma people and to promote their inclusion in the key areas of education, employment, health and housing.

The recommendation outlines a comprehensive list of suggested measures in key areas ranging from access to education, the labour market and health to promoting active participation in civil society and partnerships. According to the recommendation, EU member states should adopt national Roma strategic frameworks within their broader social inclusion policies improving the situation of Roma, and communicate them to the European Commission, preferably by September 2021. Member states are also encouraged to include and promote rights of and equal opportunities for Roma in their national Recovery and Resilience plans.