The Ministry of Interior (under which falls the National Roma Contact Point, NRCP) was represented by Dr. László Felkai, State Secretary, and Dr. László Ulicska, of the Deputy State Secretariat for Social Inclusion, and the Ministry of Human Capacities by Zoltán Lengyel, of the State Secretariat for European Union Development Policy (MA).
This meeting took place after the European elections and the subsequent changes in the European Parliament (EP) as well as the imminent renewal of the European Commission (EC). In this new scenario, discussions on the future of the EU Framework for NRIS and of the ESI Funds Framework, including ESF+ and ERDF Regulations, resumed and entered the final phase. Against this background, the future of the policy and financial frameworks remained core issues of the meeting’s agenda.
Post-2020 initiative on Roma equality and inclusion
Dora Husz, of the Unit in charge of Roma coordination within the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers, DG JUST) and José Manuel Fresno, independent expert collaborating with the EC (Fresno Consulting), were in charge of presenting the general context and main elements of the discussions on the future of the current EU Framework for NRIS once it comes to an end in 2020. Particular attention was paid to the connection between this policy framework and ESI Funds, notably in the context of the preparation of the future funds programming documents and the enabling conditions.
Mr. Fresno focused on the main elements and the pros and cons of the six potential policy options for a future EU action that are being considered in the context of the EC’s ex-ante impact assessment as well as the proposal for a country differentiation. Based on the input gathered up to now, it seems that there is a general consensus that there should be an action at EU and national level and that more should be done. A mentioned was also made to the paper prepared by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) with suggestions for an indicator framework to measure progress on Roma inclusion post-2020.
Following the presentations, an exchange of views in plenary took place on:
- The different policy options proposed and the elements featured in each of them to best address current weaknesses and challenges
- The proposal to adjust the post-2020 initiative to the different Member States’ contexts in a framework of core common challenges and specific responses
- The problem drivers of Roma exclusion identified in the document on policy options
- The FRA indicator framework