Adoption of the National Roma Strategic Frameworks 2021-2030

Adoption of the National Roma Strategic Frameworks 2021-2030

By December 2021, 26 Member States and 7 Enlargement Countries were expected to submit their newly adopted national Roma strategic frameworks in line with the EU Strategic Framework for Roma Equality, Inclusion and Participation and linked Council recommendation.

In October 2021, the ERGO Network conducted a public survey in these countries on the engagement of Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations in the drafting of the strategic frameworks by the national governments and Contact Points for Roma.

The survey answered by 85 respondents in 22 EU Member States and 7 Enlargement Countries revealed that in 29% of cases there were more than 4 consultations with civil society organised at national level on average, while in 8% of cases only 1 consultation and in 13% of cases no consultation. On average, 41% of respondents answered that they did not know how many consultations have taken place with civil society organisations.

The respondents themselves of their organisations attended 1 consultation in 13% cases, 2 consultations in 12% cases, 3 consultations in 3,5% cases, 4 in 1% cases and more than 4 in 36% of cases. By contrast, in mid-December, the European Commission announced that only 9 countries submitted their new Roma strategic frameworks (AT, BG, CR, CZ, HU, NL, PL, SK and ES), while three countries have ongoing Roma strategies (FI, PT, SE).

The rest of the EU countries, except for Malta, are expected to submit their new Roma policies at the beginning of 2022. In the case of the Enlargement countries, Montenegro was the first one to submit its newly drafted strategy, while the rest are expected to submit by the beginning of 2022, as well.

For more information about this, please don’t hesitate to contact our Senior Policy Officer Isabela Mihalache at i.mihalache@ergonetwork.org