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Is the EU Roma Framework floundering? Commission reports patchy progress, limited impact and rising racism

2017-09-04

By Bernard Rorke

Wednesday’s assessment of the EU Roma Framework by the Commission marks a valiant attempt to resuscitate and revitalize a process that has been dangerously debilitated by the disinterest, perfidy and bad faith of key Member States when it comes to social inclusion, fundamental rights and justice for their Romani citizens. 

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Half time for the EU Roma Framework: Is the Commission serious about Roma inclusion in the Western Balkans?

2017-06-14

By Bernard Rorke

The European Commission wants to know how things are going with Roma inclusion in the Western Balkans at the mid-point of the EU Roma Framework. Well they could ask Ivan and Elena for their impressions following their 13-hour detention by Serbian police.

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Gianturco Roma Camp Demolished This Morning

2017-04-07

By Bernard Rorke

On the eve of International Roma Day, in an illegal pre-emptive strike, Italian authorities demolished the Gianturco camp near Naples. This action was designed to see off attempts by NGOs to secure emergency interventions to halt the mass evictions scheduled for 11 April. 

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Ten EU Roma Platforms Later and Still No Results

2016-12-05

By Atanas Zahariev

Yet another year, yet another Roma Platform, and still we are seeing slow progress in terms of any meaningful, concrete outcomes from these meetings.

On 29 and 30 November, I attended the launch of the 10th European Roma Platform in Brussels. The main aim of the Platform is to present a high level forum bringing various stakeholders from the grassroots, local and national, and European level to the discussion table. My experiences this year however, showed me that once again this was not strictly the case.

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Segregation in Hungary: The Long Road to Infringement

2016-05-30

By Bernard Rorke

The Hungarian government’s reaction to the European Commission launching an infringement procedure veered between feigned bafflement and a petulant accusation that the EU was ‘getting revenge’ because Hungary earlier contested the EU decision on mandatory refugee quotas.

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