Ethnic minority participation through education and employment
The EU Framework which EU leaders signed up to in 2011 put in place a solid process for coordinating action on Roma integration. The first signs of improvement in the lives of Roma are slowly starting to show, says a new report on Member States' progress achieved under the EU Framework for national Roma strategies. While challenges remain, improvements are visible: more Roma children attend pre-school, mentoring programmes to help Roma find work are increasingly in place, as well as mediator programmes to bridge gaps between Roma and non-Roma communities in housing and access to healthcare. Member States need to dedicate 20% of money from the European Social Fund to social inclusion in the 2014-20 period.
European Migrant Integration Academy (EU-MIA) is a research-based co-operative learning and training initiative created to involve public officials and local stakeholders in the development and implementation of local level integration policies. On the 7th of May, the EU MIA organises a seminar to present the concrete results of the project and to serve as a catalyst to diffuse and encourage innovative city-to-city cooperation at the European level. More info here!
The European Network Against Racism, ENAR, will launch its annual European Shadow Report with a focus on racism and discrimination in employment on the 17th of March in Brussels. The report looks at the specific situation of racism and related discriminatory practices in employment. It reviews manifestations of discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin and religion/beliefs in the labour market in Europe and examines how EU countries attempt to combat these discriminatory practices. Click here to access the programme and here to access ENAR website.
On Tuesday the 11th of February, the colleagues from the Antwerp integration centre de8 visited the team of CMPG from the Municipality of Nieuwegein. The purpose of the visit was to exchange experiences, share good practices and share the different approaches applied when working with Roma people.
A new programme has been launched by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in 5 countries to support the local authorities' initiatives on integration of Roma people in their territory.
More info on the website of the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.