The European Parliament has approved the report on the Framework for National Roma Integration, laying the groundwork for integration measures proposed by Hungary to be developed further, an MEP of ruling Fidesz said on Friday.
Lívia Járóka said the basic aims of the integration of Roma had been thrown into sharp relief by the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The goals include improving the quality of education and creating jobs, she added.
The document outlines the measures to be taken over the next ten years, strengthens control mechanisms and promotes a comprehensive approach to relevant policies, Járóka said. It proposes to develop the existing institutional and financial structure and emphasises the importance of developing the Balkan states, she added.
Járóka, who is also the EP’s vice-president responsible for relations with the Western Balkan states, welcomed that the report looked beyond the EU’s current borders and said the European Commission and enlargement commissioner Olivér Várhelyi were committed to the cause.
She called on the member states to use the EP’s guidelines to develop their own strategies and ensure a “full and happy life free from discrimination for all European Roma”.