Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba spoke in the opening of the high-level conference on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, which is organised under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Minister George Ciamba conveyed the message that the priorities of the Romanian Council Presidency also include the actions aimed at promoting “Europe of common values”, which are detailed under the fourth pillar of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Romanian official emphasised the need to boost the Union’s solidarity and cohesion through policies that fight against discrimination and that ensure equal opportunities.
“We support the effective fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, antisemitism and hate speech. In our capacity as Council Presidency, our goal is to support legislative initiatives that focus on social progress and close development gaps”, stated the Minister Delegate.
George Ciamba pointed to the conclusions recently published by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in 2018, which singled out that one out of three Roma people were victims of some form of harassment in their lifetime.
The Romanian official recalled that Romania had a vast experience in Roma inclusion policies and that it was the first country in Europe that had a Roma integration strategy as early as 2001. The Minister Delegate pointed out that the current EU Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies would end in 2020 and that it was high time to look at addressing Roma inclusion in the years ahead.
Minister Delegate for European Affairs thanked the National Agency for Roma for organising the event, an excellent framework for exchanging views and sharing expertise on the achievement of the Roma inclusion objectives under the current EU Framework.