BETA


2017/2038(INI) Fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-gypsyism

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE POST Soraya (icon: S&D S&D) CSÁKY Pál (icon: PPE PPE), WIKSTRÖM Cecilia (icon: ALDE ALDE), ALBIOL GUZMÁN Marina (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), VALERO Bodil (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), VON STORCH Beatrix (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion EMPL
Committee Opinion FEMM BJÖRK Malin (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL) Angelika MLINAR (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2018/03/08
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2017/10/25
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/10/25
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 470 votes to 48, with 103 abstentions, a resolution on the fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-Gypsyism.

Despite efforts at national, European and international level, persistent anti-Gypsyism can be detected at all levels of European society throughout all of Europe on a daily basis .

In general, Members stated that in order to fight against the subconscious societal consensus to exclude Roma, it is essential to educate mainstream societies about the diversity of Roma, their history and culture. Members States are called, in this context, to take full responsibility for their Roma citizens and launch long-term awareness raising campaigns.

Reconciling and building trust : Parliament urged the Commission to set up a truth and reconciliation commission at EU level to acknowledge the persecution, exclusion and disownment of Roma throughout the centuries. Member States are encouraged to make the history of Roma part of the curricula in schools and to mark 2 August as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

Performance checks : most mainstream programmes fail to reach out to the most disadvantaged, in particular the Roma. The Court of Auditors should carry out performance checks of EU programmes, such as Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), in a more thorough manner and on a regular basis.

The Commission is called on to:

assess EU programmes and funding opportunities; reform European Structural and Investment Fund to provide financial support for the fight against anti-Gypsyism in a more proactive way; extend the Europe for Citizens and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship funding programmes; ensure that the relevant interventions financed by the EU with possible implications for the Roma community are inclusive and fight segregation.

Securing equal rights and fighting anti-Gypsyism through training : Parliament recalled that minority rights and the prohibition of discrimination form an integral part of fundamental rights, and that action can be taken by the EU if there is a clear risk of a serious breach by a Member State of those values in accordance with Article 7 TEU.

Member States are called on to implement and enforce:

Council Directive 2000/43/EC in order to effectively prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination against Roma; Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA as it provides the means for a successful fight against anti-Gypsyist rhetoric and violence against Roma.

Parliament urged the Commission and Member States to intensify their work with NGOs to deliver best practice training on countering prejudice as well as on the effective countering of hate speech campaigns. It also deplored the violation of the right of Roma to free movement , recalling that the Free Movement Directive does not allow collective expulsions and any kind of racial profiling.

In this context, the Member States of origin to take their responsibility to combat poverty and exclusion of all their citizens, and on the Member States of arrival to increase cooperation across borders to combat discrimination and exploitation and prevent exclusion continuing in the country of arrival.

Members expressed deep concern at the number of stateless Roma people in Europe, resulting in the complete denial of their access to social, educational and health care services and pushing them to the very margins of society.

Member States are called on to:

end statelessness ; carry out birth registration without discrimination; ensure access to all the essential basic services , including healthcare, housing and education; condemn forced sterilisation and provide compensation to Roma women having been subject to state-supported sterilisation accompanied by a public apology to the victims of this crime against humanity; ensure equal access to justice and equality for the Roma before the law and ensure that forced evictions take place in full compliance with EU law; ensure the equal treatment of Roma in access to employment opportunities ; provide non-discrimination-related training courses for all public officials, who are key to the correct implementation of EU and Member State legislation.

National Roma integration strategies : Parliament called on the Member States to be more ambitious in the development of their national integration strategies, to evaluate their effectiveness, to define clear actions and tailor-made measures and to set measurable targets.

The Commission should, for its part, place the issue of anti-Gypsyism among the priorities of the post-2020 European framework and put in place anti-discrimination indicators in the fields of education, employment, housing, health, etc.

Members called for the EU institutions to mainstream Roma rights in the context of external relations and insisted strongly on the need to fight anti-Gypsyism and promote Roma rights in the candidate countries and potential candidate countries.

Lastly, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights is called on to prepare a study on anti-Gypsyism in the EU and candidate countries, to focus on anti-Gypsyism during their work.

Documents
2017/10/25
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/10/24
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/10/11
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Soraya POST (S&D, SE) on the fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-Gypsyism.

Despite efforts at national, European and international level, persistent anti-Gypsyism can be detected at all levels of European society throughout all of Europe on a daily basis.

In general, Members stated that in order to fight against the subconscious societal consensus to exclude Roma, it is essential to educate mainstream societies about the diversity of Roma, their history and culture. Members States are called, in this context, to take full responsibility for their Roma citizens and launch long-term awareness raising campaigns.

Reconciling and building trust : Members urged the Commission to set up a truth and reconciliation commission at EU level to acknowledge the persecution, exclusion and disownment of Roma throughout the centuries. Member States are encouraged to make the history of Roma part of the curricula in schools and to commemorate the victims of the Roma Holocaust and to mark 2 August as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

Performance checks : most mainstream programmes fail to reach out to the most disadvantaged, in particular the Roma. The Court of Auditors should carry out performance checks of EU programmes, such as Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), in a more thorough manner and on a regular basis.

The Commission is called on, inter alia , to: (i) assess EU programmes and funding opportunities; and (ii) reform European Structural and Investment Fund to provide financial support for the fight against anti-Gypsyism in a more proactive way.

Securing equal rights and fighting anti-Gypsyism through training : Member States are called on to:

implement and enforce Council Directive 2000/43/EC in order to effectively prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination against Roma; implement and enforce the Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA as it provides the means for a successful fight against anti-Gypsyist rhetoric and violence against Roma.

Members urged the Commission and Member States to intensify their work with NGOs to deliver best practice training on countering prejudice as well as on the effective countering of hate speech campaigns through the mapping of NGO partners’ specific needs and demands in this respect.

Members expressed deep concern at the number of stateless Roma people in Europe, resulting in the complete denial of their access to social, educational and health care services and pushing them to the very margins of society.

Member States are called on to:

end statelessness ; carry out birth registration without discrimination; ensure access to all the essential basic services, including healthcare, housing and education; condemn forced sterilisation and provide compensation to Roma women having been subject to state-supported sterilisation accompanied by a public apology to the victims of this crime against humanity; ensure the equal treatment of Roma in access to employment opportunities; provide non-discrimination-related training courses for all public officials, who are key to the correct implementation of EU and Member State legislation.

National Roma integration strategies : Members noted with concern that the efforts and financial means which have been invested in the Roma community have not contributed significantly to the improvement of their living conditions and have not advanced Roma integration, in particular at the local level. Member States are called upon to fully implement the integration strategies and updated them regularly .

Members called for the EU institutions to mainstream Roma rights in the context of external relations and insisted strongly on the need to fight anti-Gypsyism and promote Roma rights in the candidate countries and potential candidate countries.

Political groups in Parliament and political parties in the Member States are urged to respect the revised charter of European political parties for a non-racist society, and for them to regularly renew their commitment and to condemn and sanction hate speech.

Lastly, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights is called on to prepare a study on anti-Gypsyism in the EU and candidate countries, to focus on anti-Gypsyism during their work on Roma issues and to monitor it in all relevant fields.

Documents
2017/09/28
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2017/07/19
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2017/07/12
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2017/06/29
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/06/27
   EP - BJÖRK Malin (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in FEMM
2017/03/30
   EP - POST Soraya (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2017/03/16
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading

Documents

Votes

A8-0294/2017 - Soraya Post - Résolution 25/10/2017 13:17:01.000

2017/10/25 Outcome: +: 470, 0: 103, -: 48
DE ES FR RO IT GB PL PT BE SE NL HU EL HR IE CZ LV AT SI SK LT BG DK MT LU EE CY FI
Total
70
45
59
29
58
59
43
18
21
19
24
16
18
11
9
19
8
15
7
11
8
11
12
6
5
5
5
8
icon: S&D S&D
162

Netherlands S&D

3

Greece S&D

2

Croatia S&D

2

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Czechia S&D

3

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Finland S&D

1
icon: PPE PPE
173

Austria PPE

3

Lithuania PPE

1

Bulgaria PPE

3

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1

Finland PPE

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
55

Germany ALDE

2

Romania ALDE

2

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Portugal ALDE

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1
2

Denmark ALDE

2

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3

Finland ALDE

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
42

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
45

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
15

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

France NI

2

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Poland NI

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Hungary NI

2
icon: ECR ECR
66

Germany ECR

Against (1)

5

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Italy ECR

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Netherlands ECR

2

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Croatia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Czechia ECR

2

Latvia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

Against (1)

1

Finland ECR

2
icon: EFDD EFDD
31

Poland EFDD

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

Abstain (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
30

Romania ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Poland ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

4
AmendmentsDossier
252 2017/2038(INI)
2017/07/19 LIBE 252 amendments...
source: 609.310

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

docs/3/body
EC
events/2/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2017-0294&language=EN
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-8-2017-0294_EN.html
events/5/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2017-0413
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-8-2017-0413_EN.html
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
committee
LIBE
rapporteur
name: POST Soraya date: 2017-03-30T00:00:00 group: Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats abbr: S&D
shadows
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
committee
LIBE
date
2017-03-30T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: POST Soraya group: Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats abbr: S&D
shadows
committees/2
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Womens Rights and Gender Equality
committee
FEMM
rapporteur
name: BJÖRK Malin date: 2017-06-27T00:00:00 group: European United Left - Nordic Green Left abbr: GUE/NGL
committees/2
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Womens Rights and Gender Equality
committee
FEMM
date
2017-06-27T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: BJÖRK Malin group: European United Left - Nordic Green Left abbr: GUE/NGL
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
committee
LIBE
date
2017-03-30T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: POST Soraya group: Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats abbr: S&D
shadows
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
committee
LIBE
date
2017-03-30T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: POST Soraya group: Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats abbr: S&D
shadows
docs/1/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE608.057&secondRef=01
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE608.057
activities
  • date: 2017-03-16T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs committee: EMPL body: EP responsible: False committee: FEMM date: 2017-06-27T00:00:00 committee_full: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: BJÖRK Malin body: EP shadows: group: EPP name: CSÁKY Pál group: ALDE name: WIKSTRÖM Cecilia group: GUE/NGL name: ALBIOL GUZMÁN Marina group: Verts/ALE name: VALERO Bodil group: EFD name: VON STORCH Beatrix responsible: True committee: LIBE date: 2017-03-30T00:00:00 committee_full: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs rapporteur: group: S&D name: POST Soraya
  • date: 2017-09-28T00:00:00 body: EP type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs committee: EMPL body: EP responsible: False committee: FEMM date: 2017-06-27T00:00:00 committee_full: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: BJÖRK Malin body: EP shadows: group: EPP name: CSÁKY Pál group: ALDE name: WIKSTRÖM Cecilia group: GUE/NGL name: ALBIOL GUZMÁN Marina group: Verts/ALE name: VALERO Bodil group: EFD name: VON STORCH Beatrix responsible: True committee: LIBE date: 2017-03-30T00:00:00 committee_full: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs rapporteur: group: S&D name: POST Soraya
  • date: 2017-10-11T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2017-0294&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading title: A8-0294/2017 body: EP type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • date: 2017-10-24T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20171024&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2017-10-25T00:00:00 docs: type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T8-0413/2017 body: EP type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
commission
  • body: EC dg: Justice and Consumers commissioner: JOUROVÁ Věra
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
committee
LIBE
date
2017-03-30T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: POST Soraya group: Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats abbr: S&D
shadows
committees/0
body
EP
responsible
False
committee_full
Employment and Social Affairs
committee
EMPL
committees/1
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Employment and Social Affairs
committee
EMPL
opinion
False
committees/1
body
EP
responsible
False
committee
FEMM
date
2017-06-27T00:00:00
committee_full
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
rapporteur
group: GUE/NGL name: BJÖRK Malin
committees/2
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Womens Rights and Gender Equality
committee
FEMM
date
2017-06-27T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: BJÖRK Malin group: European United Left - Nordic Green Left abbr: GUE/NGL
committees/2
body
EP
shadows
responsible
True
committee
LIBE
date
2017-03-30T00:00:00
committee_full
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
rapporteur
group: S&D name: POST Soraya
docs
  • date: 2017-06-29T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE606.242 title: PE606.242 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2017-07-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE608.057&secondRef=01 title: PE608.057 committee: FEMM type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2017-07-19T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE609.310 title: PE609.310 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2018-03-08T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=30287&j=0&l=en title: SP(2018)7 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
events
  • date: 2017-03-16T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2017-09-28T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2017-10-11T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2017-0294&language=EN title: A8-0294/2017 summary: The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Soraya POST (S&D, SE) on the fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-Gypsyism. Despite efforts at national, European and international level, persistent anti-Gypsyism can be detected at all levels of European society throughout all of Europe on a daily basis. In general, Members stated that in order to fight against the subconscious societal consensus to exclude Roma, it is essential to educate mainstream societies about the diversity of Roma, their history and culture. Members States are called, in this context, to take full responsibility for their Roma citizens and launch long-term awareness raising campaigns. Reconciling and building trust : Members urged the Commission to set up a truth and reconciliation commission at EU level to acknowledge the persecution, exclusion and disownment of Roma throughout the centuries. Member States are encouraged to make the history of Roma part of the curricula in schools and to commemorate the victims of the Roma Holocaust and to mark 2 August as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. Performance checks : most mainstream programmes fail to reach out to the most disadvantaged, in particular the Roma. The Court of Auditors should carry out performance checks of EU programmes, such as Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), in a more thorough manner and on a regular basis. The Commission is called on, inter alia , to: (i) assess EU programmes and funding opportunities; and (ii) reform European Structural and Investment Fund to provide financial support for the fight against anti-Gypsyism in a more proactive way. Securing equal rights and fighting anti-Gypsyism through training : Member States are called on to: implement and enforce Council Directive 2000/43/EC in order to effectively prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination against Roma; implement and enforce the Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA as it provides the means for a successful fight against anti-Gypsyist rhetoric and violence against Roma. Members urged the Commission and Member States to intensify their work with NGOs to deliver best practice training on countering prejudice as well as on the effective countering of hate speech campaigns through the mapping of NGO partners’ specific needs and demands in this respect. Members expressed deep concern at the number of stateless Roma people in Europe, resulting in the complete denial of their access to social, educational and health care services and pushing them to the very margins of society. Member States are called on to: end statelessness ; carry out birth registration without discrimination; ensure access to all the essential basic services, including healthcare, housing and education; condemn forced sterilisation and provide compensation to Roma women having been subject to state-supported sterilisation accompanied by a public apology to the victims of this crime against humanity; ensure the equal treatment of Roma in access to employment opportunities; provide non-discrimination-related training courses for all public officials, who are key to the correct implementation of EU and Member State legislation. National Roma integration strategies : Members noted with concern that the efforts and financial means which have been invested in the Roma community have not contributed significantly to the improvement of their living conditions and have not advanced Roma integration, in particular at the local level. Member States are called upon to fully implement the integration strategies and updated them regularly . Members called for the EU institutions to mainstream Roma rights in the context of external relations and insisted strongly on the need to fight anti-Gypsyism and promote Roma rights in the candidate countries and potential candidate countries. Political groups in Parliament and political parties in the Member States are urged to respect the revised charter of European political parties for a non-racist society, and for them to regularly renew their commitment and to condemn and sanction hate speech. Lastly, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights is called on to prepare a study on anti-Gypsyism in the EU and candidate countries, to focus on anti-Gypsyism during their work on Roma issues and to monitor it in all relevant fields.
  • date: 2017-10-24T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20171024&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2017-10-25T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=30287&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2017-10-25T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2017-0413 title: T8-0413/2017 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 470 votes to 48, with 103 abstentions, a resolution on the fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-Gypsyism. Despite efforts at national, European and international level, persistent anti-Gypsyism can be detected at all levels of European society throughout all of Europe on a daily basis . In general, Members stated that in order to fight against the subconscious societal consensus to exclude Roma, it is essential to educate mainstream societies about the diversity of Roma, their history and culture. Members States are called, in this context, to take full responsibility for their Roma citizens and launch long-term awareness raising campaigns. Reconciling and building trust : Parliament urged the Commission to set up a truth and reconciliation commission at EU level to acknowledge the persecution, exclusion and disownment of Roma throughout the centuries. Member States are encouraged to make the history of Roma part of the curricula in schools and to mark 2 August as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. Performance checks : most mainstream programmes fail to reach out to the most disadvantaged, in particular the Roma. The Court of Auditors should carry out performance checks of EU programmes, such as Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), in a more thorough manner and on a regular basis. The Commission is called on to: assess EU programmes and funding opportunities; reform European Structural and Investment Fund to provide financial support for the fight against anti-Gypsyism in a more proactive way; extend the Europe for Citizens and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship funding programmes; ensure that the relevant interventions financed by the EU with possible implications for the Roma community are inclusive and fight segregation. Securing equal rights and fighting anti-Gypsyism through training : Parliament recalled that minority rights and the prohibition of discrimination form an integral part of fundamental rights, and that action can be taken by the EU if there is a clear risk of a serious breach by a Member State of those values in accordance with Article 7 TEU. Member States are called on to implement and enforce: Council Directive 2000/43/EC in order to effectively prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination against Roma; Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA as it provides the means for a successful fight against anti-Gypsyist rhetoric and violence against Roma. Parliament urged the Commission and Member States to intensify their work with NGOs to deliver best practice training on countering prejudice as well as on the effective countering of hate speech campaigns. It also deplored the violation of the right of Roma to free movement , recalling that the Free Movement Directive does not allow collective expulsions and any kind of racial profiling. In this context, the Member States of origin to take their responsibility to combat poverty and exclusion of all their citizens, and on the Member States of arrival to increase cooperation across borders to combat discrimination and exploitation and prevent exclusion continuing in the country of arrival. Members expressed deep concern at the number of stateless Roma people in Europe, resulting in the complete denial of their access to social, educational and health care services and pushing them to the very margins of society. Member States are called on to: end statelessness ; carry out birth registration without discrimination; ensure access to all the essential basic services , including healthcare, housing and education; condemn forced sterilisation and provide compensation to Roma women having been subject to state-supported sterilisation accompanied by a public apology to the victims of this crime against humanity; ensure equal access to justice and equality for the Roma before the law and ensure that forced evictions take place in full compliance with EU law; ensure the equal treatment of Roma in access to employment opportunities ; provide non-discrimination-related training courses for all public officials, who are key to the correct implementation of EU and Member State legislation. National Roma integration strategies : Parliament called on the Member States to be more ambitious in the development of their national integration strategies, to evaluate their effectiveness, to define clear actions and tailor-made measures and to set measurable targets. The Commission should, for its part, place the issue of anti-Gypsyism among the priorities of the post-2020 European framework and put in place anti-discrimination indicators in the fields of education, employment, housing, health, etc. Members called for the EU institutions to mainstream Roma rights in the context of external relations and insisted strongly on the need to fight anti-Gypsyism and promote Roma rights in the candidate countries and potential candidate countries. Lastly, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights is called on to prepare a study on anti-Gypsyism in the EU and candidate countries, to focus on anti-Gypsyism during their work.
  • date: 2017-10-25T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
links
other
  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/justice-and-consumers_en title: Justice and Consumers commissioner: JOUROVÁ Věra
procedure/Modified legal basis
Old
Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament EP 150
New
Rules of Procedure EP 159
procedure/dossier_of_the_committee
Old
LIBE/8/09428
New
  • LIBE/8/09428
procedure/legal_basis/0
Rules of Procedure EP 54
procedure/legal_basis/0
Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament EP 052
procedure/subject
Old
  • 1.10 Fundamental rights in the EU, Charter
  • 4.10.05 Social inclusion, poverty, minimum income
  • 4.10.08 Equal treatment between persons, non-discrimination
  • 7.30.08 Action to combat racism and xenophobia
New
1.10
Fundamental rights in the EU, Charter
4.10.05
Social inclusion, poverty, minimum income
4.10.08
Equal treatment of persons, non-discrimination
7.30.08
Action to combat racism and xenophobia
activities/3
date
2017-10-24T00:00:00
docs
url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20171024&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament
body
EP
type
Debate in Parliament
activities/4
date
2017-10-25T00:00:00
docs
type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T8-0413/2017
body
EP
type
Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
procedure/stage_reached
Old
Awaiting Parliament 1st reading / single reading / budget 1st stage
New
Procedure completed
activities/2/docs/0/text
  • The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Soraya POST (S&D, SE) on the fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-Gypsyism.

    Despite efforts at national, European and international level, persistent anti-Gypsyism can be detected at all levels of European society throughout all of Europe on a daily basis.

    In general, Members stated that in order to fight against the subconscious societal consensus to exclude Roma, it is essential to educate mainstream societies about the diversity of Roma, their history and culture. Members States are called, in this context, to take full responsibility for their Roma citizens and launch long-term awareness raising campaigns.

    Reconciling and building trust: Members urged the Commission to set up a truth and reconciliation commission at EU level to acknowledge the persecution, exclusion and disownment of Roma throughout the centuries. Member States are encouraged to make the history of Roma part of the curricula in schools and to commemorate the victims of the Roma Holocaust and to mark 2 August as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Performance checks: most mainstream programmes fail to reach out to the most disadvantaged, in particular the Roma. The Court of Auditors should carry out performance checks of EU programmes, such as Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), in a more thorough manner and on a regular basis.

    The Commission is called on, inter alia, to: (i) assess EU programmes and funding opportunities; and (ii) reform European Structural and Investment Fund to provide financial support for the fight against anti-Gypsyism in a more proactive way.

    Securing equal rights and fighting anti-Gypsyism through training: Member States are called on to:

    Members urged the Commission and Member States to intensify their work with NGOs to deliver best practice training on countering prejudice as well as on the effective countering of hate speech campaigns through the mapping of NGO partners’ specific needs and demands in this respect.

    Members expressed deep concern at the number of stateless Roma people in Europe, resulting in the complete denial of their access to social, educational and health care services and pushing them to the very margins of society.

    Member States are called on to:

    • end statelessness;
    • carry out birth registration without discrimination;
    • ensure access to all the essential basic services, including healthcare, housing and education;
    • condemn forced sterilisation and provide compensation to Roma women having been subject to state-supported sterilisation accompanied by a public apology to the victims of this crime against humanity;
    • ensure the equal treatment of Roma in access to employment opportunities;
    • provide non-discrimination-related training courses for all public officials, who are key to the correct implementation of EU and Member State legislation.

    National Roma integration strategies: Members noted with concern that the efforts and financial means which have been invested in the Roma community have not contributed significantly to the improvement of their living conditions and have not advanced Roma integration, in particular at the local level. Member States are called upon to fully implement the integration strategies and updated them regularly.

    Members called for the EU institutions to mainstream Roma rights in the context of external relations and insisted strongly on the need to fight anti-Gypsyism and promote Roma rights in the candidate countries and potential candidate countries.

    Political groups in Parliament and political parties in the Member States are urged to respect the revised charter of European political parties for a non-racist society, and for them to regularly renew their commitment and to condemn and sanction hate speech.

    Lastly, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights is called on to prepare a study on anti-Gypsyism in the EU and candidate countries, to focus on anti-Gypsyism during their work on Roma issues and to monitor it in all relevant fields.

activities/3
date
2017-10-23T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Debate in plenary scheduled
activities/4
date
2017-10-24T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Vote in plenary scheduled
activities/2/docs
  • url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2017-0294&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading title: A8-0294/2017
activities/2
date
2017-10-11T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
procedure/stage_reached
Old
Awaiting committee decision
New
Awaiting Parliament 1st reading / single reading / budget 1st stage
activities/2/type
Old
Indicative plenary sitting date, 1st reading/single reading
New
Debate in plenary scheduled
activities/3
date
2017-10-24T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Vote in plenary scheduled
activities/1
date
2017-09-28T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
committees
procedure/Modified legal basis
Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament EP 150
other/0
body
EC
dg
commissioner
JOUROVÁ Věra
activities/0/committees/1/date
2017-06-27T00:00:00
activities/0/committees/1/rapporteur
  • group: GUE/NGL name: BJÖRK Malin
committees/1/date
2017-06-27T00:00:00
committees/1/rapporteur
  • group: GUE/NGL name: BJÖRK Malin
activities/1
date
2017-10-23T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Indicative plenary sitting date, 1st reading/single reading
activities/0/committees/2/shadows/4
group
EFD
name
VON STORCH Beatrix
committees/2/shadows/4
group
EFD
name
VON STORCH Beatrix
activities/0/committees/1
body
EP
responsible
False
committee_full
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
committee
FEMM
committees/1
body
EP
responsible
False
committee_full
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
committee
FEMM
activities/0/committees/1/date
2017-03-30T00:00:00
activities/0/committees/1/rapporteur
  • group: S&D name: POST Soraya
activities/0/committees/1/shadows
  • group: EPP name: CSÁKY Pál
  • group: ALDE name: WIKSTRÖM Cecilia
  • group: GUE/NGL name: ALBIOL GUZMÁN Marina
  • group: Verts/ALE name: VALERO Bodil
committees/1/date
2017-03-30T00:00:00
committees/1/rapporteur
  • group: S&D name: POST Soraya
committees/1/shadows
  • group: EPP name: CSÁKY Pál
  • group: ALDE name: WIKSTRÖM Cecilia
  • group: GUE/NGL name: ALBIOL GUZMÁN Marina
  • group: Verts/ALE name: VALERO Bodil
activities/0
date
2017-03-16T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
committees
procedure/dossier_of_the_committee
LIBE/8/09428
procedure/stage_reached
Old
Preparatory phase in Parliament
New
Awaiting committee decision
activities
    committees
    • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs committee: EMPL
    • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee: LIBE
    links
    other
      procedure
      reference
      2017/2038(INI)
      title
      Fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-gypsyism
      legal_basis
      Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament EP 052
      stage_reached
      Preparatory phase in Parliament
      subtype
      Initiative
      type
      INI - Own-initiative procedure
      subject