European Network on Social Inclusion and Roma under the Structural Funds
Structural Funds: Investing in Roma
The Code of Conduct has been adopted on 7th January by the European Commission setting out the objectives and criteria to ensure that Member States implement the partnership principle within the Structural and Investment Funds for the period 2014-2020. The regulation makes an explicit reference to the participation of Roma people in Partnership Agreements and programmes.
On Dec. 20th the regulations adopted by the Council were officially published. The new rules and legislation governing the next round of EU Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020 define the conditions of eligibility and the criteria for the allocation of the EU cohesion policy funds.
MEPs approved two resolutions requesting European countries to stop illegal evictions and ethnic profiling affecting Roma. The same resolution demands that National Roma Integration Strategies are closely followed up and that funds to end discrimination and to support local projects are more efficiently used. The second resolution calls on European States to tackle multiple discrimination affecting Roma women.
European Union Member States have committed today to implementing a set of recommendations, following the European Commission’s proposal, to boost the economic and social integration of Roma communities.
The Committee of the Regions recalls that local and regional governments must be offered more political and financial support to tackle discrimination and achieve full integration of Roma people in Europe’s communities.
EURoma, a European Network made up of representatives of twelve Member States, is determined to promote the use of Structural Funds (SF) to enhance the effectiveness of policies targeting the Roma and to promote their social inclusion.
Current Member States: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia and Sweden.