This document reflects EURoma contributions to the midterm assessment process of the EU Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies launched by the European Commission
In its contributions, EURoma recognizes the added value of the EU Framework and highlights as its main achievements:
-The increased efforts at national and EU level to overcome the unequal situation that Roma suffer across the EU;
-The wide recognition of ESI Funds as key instrument to promote Roma inclusion and to develop NRIS. This has created an unprecedented opportunity to align both instruments in order to make a tangible difference in the lives of Roma;
-The creation by ESI Funds Regulations of an increasingly favourable framework of opportunities and tools to promote social inclusion and non-discrimination of Roma. Main advances include the introduction of elements such as the specific ESF Investment Priority ‘Socio-economic integration of marginalised communities such as the Roma’ (IP 9.2.), the ex-ante conditionalities and the stronger linkages with the political priorities identified in the Country-Specific Recommendations.
However, further efforts are required to bring about a tangible change in the lives of the European Roma.
EURoma recommends making use of the whole range of possibilities offered by the current ESI Funds regulations by:
- Using ESF Investment priority 9.2. and beyond; ensuring the effective implementation of the actions planned in the programming documents: or using other funds such as ERDF, EAFRD for Roma inclusion.
- Promoting an integrated approach.
- Using the combination of funds.
- Mainstreaming Roma inclusion in ESI funds beyond ESF.
Fostering the alignment, complementarity and coordination between the NRIS and ESI Funds and among other key policies and administrative levels is also key.
Furthermore, National Roma Contact points should have a pivotal role and should be given the adequate human and financial resources as well as the necessary competences to fulfil their tasks.
Achieving quality participation, involvement and performance of relevant stakeholders for Roma inclusion remains of high importance.
Finally, the European Commission has a key role to play in driving progress in all these areas by strengthening monitoring of compliance, providing guidance and support and encouraging alignment between policies at European level.
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