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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - Brussels Revised edition

Roma integration strategies (debate)

  Soraya Post, on behalf of the S&D Group. – Mr President, in the European Parliament, we have been working hand in hand with several colleagues across the political spectrum to fight the dehumanisation of Roma in Europe. We have been working hard for years now to ensure that the birth of Roma children will be registered without discrimination, as is the case for non—Roma children; that Roma children have full access to the same education as non—Roma children; that we Roma have easy access to clean and safe drinking water; that we have access to electricity; that we will not be forced to move to another EU country and live on begging; that we do not have to live in fear. We want to end the unacceptable apartheid that so many Roma live under in our otherwise emancipated societies. But in order to achieve this, we need to continue the EU framework after 2020, and we need to do it in an approved format. We need to have a strategic EU framework, with a wider set of priority areas, clear targets, timelines and indicators for monitoring.

Following the 12 pages of demands and recommendations in my anti—Gypsyism report, the fight against anti—Gypsies has to be horizontal and Roma participation has to be safeguarded from the very start of the process. For that, we also need to work on trust building through a true recognition and reconciliation process. This is crucial. We have to mix the communities and we have to create trust. I would like to finish by thanking our Commission colleagues, the Fundamental Rights Agency and also all the NGOs for joining our fight for the realisation of the values compiled in our treaties throughout these years and thank you to the Council. I really appreciate your initiative to have the conference in Bucharest.

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