Shortcuts to Roma rights, policy, and sources: ECMI fact sheets issued

Roma @ ECMIEleven fact sheets from European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) offer a quick overview on Roma related information in a European policy-making context.

With less than two months until the EU Parliament elections, ECMI has put forward a set of fact sheets presenting the need-to-know within Roma related policy-making. The fact sheets include background information and sources for digging deeper into Roma issues.

The exclusion of Roma communities from mainstream society is today one of Europe’s most pressing social problems. Many believe that there is a need for objective evaluation of current policies and practices related to Roma, and for a critical discussion on achievements, existing needs and future challenges. Moreover, it is often noted that the European Parliament holds a crucial role in this evaluative and oversight effort.

The ECMI fact sheets were originally outlined with the purpose of preparing European Parliament candidates for the challenge.

ECMI Director Dr Tove H. Malloy is very well aware that transnational challenges do not usually appeal in election campaigns that unfold in national public arenas. Nonetheless, ECMI hopes to deliver a positive impact with the fact sheets:

“Our fact sheets are a good starting point for public debaters and academics that wish to pursue a real serious and transnational European challenge.”

Roma strategy for the 8th EU parliament?

According to ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr Zora Popova, the approach to developing policies for Roma integration in EU member states is fragmented and suffering from poor coordination. It appears to be based more on theoretical approaches and assumptions, rather than on project outcomes and field findings, she believes.

Furthermore, international and national agendas appear top-down formulated, not taking into account successes and failures of earlier programmes.

This is why there is a need for objective evaluation of current policies and practices and a critical discussion on achievements, existing needs and future challenges. And this is where the 8th European Parliament to be elected in May will probably hold a crucial role, so Dr Popova.

Roma related titles from ECMI, 2011-2014

Vizi, Balázs. 2011, The Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Focus on the Neighbourhood and on a European Roma Strategy, Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe 10, no. 1: 123-34.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2012. Minority Communities in the 2011 Kosovo Census Results: Analysis and Recommendations. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2012. Segregated Education in Kosovo. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2012. Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups in Kosovo: A Legal Handbook. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2013. Segregation in Education in the Municipality of Gjakovë/Đakovica. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

Pancaldi, Valentina. 2013. Promoting the Economic Empowerment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women in Kosovo. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

Racles, Andreea, Belonging, houses and Roma women from southern Romania. An anthropological approach. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Tremlett, Annabel, and Aidan McGarry. 2013. Challenges Facing Researchers on Roma Minorities in Contemporary Europe: Notes towards a Research Program. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Friedman, Eben. 2013. Education in Member State Submissions under the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Popova, Zora, Roma Inclusion: A Feasible EU Project. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

 

ECMI Roma in FocusECMI’s work on and with Roma is described more thoroughly in this booklet.

 

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