European Roma Summit goes local


Local, national and EU leaders met in Brussels on 4 April to discuss the local dimension of Roma integration across Europe

The high level EU summit on Roma inclusion on 4 April in Brussels focused on the local angle. Commission president Barroso; vice president responsible for justice, Viviane Reding; and high level officials and ministers from EU member states called for meaningful involvement of local authorities in the translation of EU and national commitments into action. László Andor, European commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, called on member states to make effective use of and allocate adequate funds from the forthcoming period to support Roma integration.

Barbara Loth, secretary of state for labour, integration and women in Berlin, explained how her city is setting out to implement its recently adopted action plan for Roma inclusion and concrete actions that support equal access and combat racism against Roma.

The summit signalled the increasing recognition given to the role of local authorities in addressing Roma inclusion in Europe.

Our Roma inclusion taskforce members joined more than 500 representatives at the summit, from the EU institutions, national governments and parliaments, international organisations, civil society, Roma organisations and local and regional authorities.

Our recent publication on Roma employability in Glasgow, available at the link below, is just one example of how cities are delivering on Roma inclusion.