These are the actions proposed by the last call on Roma of the European Commission*.
- Data collection and surveys;
- Conducting scientific research or other scientific activities in the field of antidiscrimination;
- Monitoring the implementation of non-discrimination legislation;
- Training of professionals;
- Mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation, including identifying best practices which may be transferable to other participating countries;
- Dissemination and awareness raising activities (including at local level), such as seminars, conferences, campaigns or social media and press activities.
In short 3.45 million EUR spent on same things that we used (overwhelmingly) the public EU money for Roma during the last decade – paper and word production. The problem remains that at this moment there is not much real positive practice to share but just a lot of imagined ones. The imagined ones in general sound a lot better and are mostly the result of other similarly designed EU financed “actions” therefore much more likely to be promoted.
Instead of offering incentives to stimulate work in the most vulnerable communities we continue to offer incentives for yet more proof for what we already know. There is very little work done in the communities and lots of work done in hotels and nice offices. As long as we do not reverse the existing trend we can not have reliable data, good research or useful exchange of good practices during conferences and seminars.
In fact previous reports, conferences and seminars agree Roma remain the most excluded ethnic group in Europe, there is not much progress on the ground and we risk serious crises due to the spread of Roma slums in Western and Northern Europe. None of the above proposed “actions” will solve the problems we have. Work at the grassroots can. And that is exactly what is missing.