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International policy documents concerning Romanis

Decade of Roma Inclusion: ‘The Decade is an international initiative that brings together governments, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as Romani civil society, to accelerate progress toward improving the welfare of Roma and to review such progress in a transparent and quantifiable way. The Decade focuses on the priority areas of education, employment, health, and housing, and commits governments to take into account the other core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming.’

Europan Parliament useful documents: and 

European Union and the Roma: 

European Network on Social Inclusion and Roma (under the EU Structural Funds): promotes the use of Structural Funds (SF) to enhance the effectiveness of policies targeting Roma people and to promote their social inclusion.’ 

World Bank and the Roma:

Council of Europe- Roma and Travellers division:

UNDP Roma and vulnerable groups:

OSCE Roma and Sinti:

Dosta (CoE campaign):


Council of Europe - Committee of Ministers

Free Movement and Employment

Free Movement Directive provides every European Union citizen with the right of residence in another Member State for up to three months, without any conditions or formalities other than the holding of a valid travel document. Although visa requirements have been abolished for citizens of EU member states, individuals still require registering with state authorities for stays of longer than 3 months in a given EU member state. Citizens of EU member states other than the one in which he/she resides will be eligible for permanent residence in another EU state after 5 years of legal residence in the respective state.

European Commission, Report on the application of Directive 2004/38 (on the right of citizens of the EU and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States) available at:

Employment Equality Directive Employment rights of EU 8 and EU 2 in some of the older EU member states 


  • Italy (EU8: free access to employment; EU2: Restrictions apply (simplified after 2007 accession)
  • Spain (EU8: free access to employment; EU2: free access to employment)
  • UK (EU8: Workers Registration Scheme necessary for access to employment; EU2: restrictions apply)
  • Finland (EU8: free access to employment; EU2: free access to employment)
  • France (EU8: free access to employment; EU2: restrictions apply)

EU 8: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland , Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia; EU 2: Romania and Bulgaria. Data source: European Commision. 2010. Ethnic minority and Roma women in Europe: A case for gender equality?, Strassbourg: EU

Minority Integration

EU Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

EU Charter on Fundamental Rights:

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights:

EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020: (accessed 11.07.2011). Special section dedicated also to promotion of Roma integration beyond the EU and the focus on the situation of enlargement countries (e.g: Turkey): ‘Turkey has yet to adopt a national framework to address Roma inclusion’ (p.12)

Commission calls on EU countries to set national strategies for Roma integration: (accessed 11.07.2011) 

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