About: Roma

Languages & Culture 08-10-2018

Czech president defends assertion that most Roma don’t work

The Czech president refused on Sunday (7 October) to back down from comments slamming what he called a 90% unemployment rate among the country's Roma, earning a rebuke from campaigners and rights activists.
Languages & Culture 12-10-2017

Bulgaria makes effort to bring Roma children back to school

Small armies of teachers, social workers and police officers are swarming across Bulgaria to carry out a Herculean task -- convince tens of thousands of Roma parents to send their children to school.
EU Priorities 2020 30-08-2017

Commission to review funds for anti-Roma discrimination

The European Commission will "brutally" review whether EU funding for anti-discrimination programmes is wasted, as part of its renewed efforts to make sure a new strategy for protecting Roma populations after 2020 actually works.
Elections 26-05-2017

Slovak prosecutor moves to ban far-right party

Slovakia’s prosecutor general has asked the Supreme Court to ban a far-right party, branding it an extremist group whose activities violate the constitution. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Future EU 24-05-2017

Brussels diaspora wants a say in defining Romanian Presidency priorities

The 2,500-strong Romanian diaspora in the Brussels bubble should play a role in defining the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, which will start on 1 January 2019, a group representing the expats has proposed.

Slovakia continues to allow discrimination against Roma children

Despite threats of fines from the European Union, Slovakia still discriminates against Romani children by placing them in segregated schools.
Hashim Thaçi - now the president of Kosovo - is accused of leading a mafia-style network involved in assassinations and unlawful detentions.
Enlargement 13-02-2017

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo’s forgotten victims

Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.
Languages & Culture 09-06-2016

Language discrimination rife across EU

Calls for legislation to be drawn up or even for a Language Commissioner to be appointed have been made, in order to combat a rising number of discrimination cases across the European Union.
Elections 03-06-2016

Hungarian far-right no longer anti-EU: Jobbik wants to transform it

Hungary's far-right says it no longer wants to leave the European Union as the migration crisis is offering populist parties, in resurgence across the continent, a chance to "transform" the bloc.

EU warns Hungary over discrimination of Roma schoolchildren

The European Union said Thursday (26 May) it has launched a probe into charges that Hungary extensively discriminates against Roma children in the country's schools.
Central Europe 17-05-2016

EU under fire over Czech pig farm on Roma Holocaust site

Czech anti-racism activists said Tuesday (17 May) they had asked the EU to halt subsidies to a pig farm built on the site of a former concentration camp where hundreds of Roma prisoners died during World War II.

Romania turns its back on dark past of Roma slavery

For generations, they were owned by the rich and powerful, who bought and sold them as chattel.

France continues evicting Roma, cuts re-housing and integration efforts

France continued to evict thousands of Roma in 2015, and cut its re-housing efforts, as demand for housing soared due to the refugee crisis. Hostility to the minority in France is among the highest in Europe. EURACTIV France reports

Commission wants member states to criminalise hate speech

Justice Commissioner V?ra Jourová said on Thursday (1 October) that member states have the obligation to criminalise hate speech and make sure the law is enforced.
Central Europe 16-06-2015

Anti-Roma protests prompt Bulgarian PM to appeal for calm

Bulgaria's prime minister appealed for calm today (16 June) following several days of violence and ethnic tensions involving the EU country's 10 percent Roma minority.
Panhandler

Sweden sees explosion in beggars from EU countries

A survey by broadcaster SVT shows that the number of EU migrants begging in Sweden has doubled in one year, to 4,000, primarily from Bulgaria and Romania. This is in spite of negotiations on migrants Sweden initiated with Romania last year.
Roma girls

Amnesty decries Czech discrimination against Roma students

The Czech Republic systematically discriminates against Roma students, according to Amnesty International. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Europe's East 01-04-2015

Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party challenges for power

The Hungarian far-right leader Gabor Vona, founder of a since-disbanded paramilitary group who made a career vilifying the Roma, has cleaned up his previously hardline image.
Economy & Jobs 05-02-2015

France evicts 300 Roma per week

There is no winter break in France's shanty towns, where 300 Roma are expelled every week. In 2014, France evicted four out of five slum-dwellers; a higher proportion than in any other European country. EURACTIV France reports
17-10-2014

Roma NGOs win civil society prize

SPECIAL REPORT: Three civil society organisations from Slovakia, Greece, and the Czech Republic won the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) civil society prize Thursday (16 October) for outstanding achievements in integrating Roma at the local level.
09-10-2014

Roma integration through social housing

SPECIAL REPORT: Governments and civil society should continue providing Roma with social housing, in oder to help them integrate locally, and reduce their travel between countries, says Valeria Atzori, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Adviser on Roma.
Health 09-09-2014

Report: Roma in ‘poorer health’ condition than average

While it has often been proven that Roma experience extensive discrimination, violence and social exclusion, a new report financed by the European Commission also reveals that this has an overall negative impact on their health.
Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Romani Rose, speaks at an event hosted by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin. 2011 [Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung/Flickr]

Sinti and Roma inspire ‘hostility’ in German population, study reveals

A recent study shows that one in three Germans rejects Sinti and Roma as neighbours, revealing “deeply rooted stereotypes". EURACTIV Germany reports.
Swden shopping street

Sweden in secret talks with Romania on beggars

For months, the Swedish government has held secret negotiations with Romania, in an attempt to help Roma migrants in Sweden, the local press has revealed.

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