Our taskforce on Roma inclusion met on 26-27 November in Brussels to exchange experiences and joint projects, and define future priorities and activities for the coming year, including work on developing a charter on Roma inclusion.
Our taskforce held an interactive exchange with our working group Homelessness on common challenges such as poor-quality housing, health and exclusion from the labour market.
The meeting also featured several presentations on EU policy updates and EU funding for vulnerable people by representatives from the European Commission.
In response, the participants highlighted the difficulty for local authorities to access EU funding and their insufficient involvement in the negotiations of the operational programmes for EU structural funds 2014-2020. They also called on the European institutions and the national authorities to better take cities into account when defining Roma inclusion policies.
The members discussed a first draft of a charter on Roma inclusion and committed to taking this work forward. The city of Ghent was re-elected as chair of the taskforce and Glasgow will be vice-chair.