This study acts as follow up to the 2011 study on “Measures to promote the situation of Roma EU citizens in the European Union”, which was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). This report looks at the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies (NRISs) in a selection of Member States (Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain). The work considers the (limited) success of these strategies by considering a number of aspects, including: types of integration projects and activities, the funding available and any limitations associated with receiving any funding, the actors and the interactions between stakeholders, and national strategies. In the context of the policy, legal, and social issues outlined above, the study evaluates national Roma integration strategies as well as the affordances of the EU Framework more widely. This is achieved through the following aims:
- Evaluate the implementation, impact and outcomes, as well as the reasons for limited success, of the implementation of the 2011 EU Framework for NRISs in a proposed selection of Member States – Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Spain – through looking at their national strategies;
- Highlight cases of best practices in the Member States;
- Identify gaps and loopholes in the 2011 EU Framework for NRISs in the aforementioned Member States;
- Recommend actions for the enhanced implementation of the NRISs in Member States and for increasing the efficacy of the EU Framework for NRIS.