Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
Following the communication COM(2011)173 of April 2011 on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, all Member States have sent to the Commission a strategy detailing the existing or foreseen measures to support Roma integration by 2020.
Greece submitted its strategy on 30 December 2011. It is based on the previously implemented ‘Integrated Action Plan for the Social integration of Greek Gypsies’ carried out from 2001 to 2008. The document submitted by Greece covers all the policy areas concerned (education, employment, health and housing) as well as structural requirements and funding On 21 May 2012, the European Commission adopted its first assessment report of the National Roma Integration Strategies submitted by the Member States(1). This communication is accompanied by a Staff Working Document which provides detailed feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the documents provided by the Member States, including Greece(2).
For the time being, the Commission is not yet in a position to indicate the exact amount of funding Greece will use from national and EU resources.