Oral question on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the International Roma Day
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
In its resolution of 15 April 2015 on the International Roma Day – anti-Gypsyism in Europe and EU recognition of the memorial day of the Roma genocide during WW II , the Parliament took a strong stance against anti-Gypsyism by expressing its deep concern at the rise of anti-Gypsyism in Europe and underlined the need to combat anti-Gypsyism at every level and by every means. The Parliament stated that the recognition of the Holocaust of Roma during World War II and the establishment of a dedicated European memorial day would constitute an important symbolic step in the fight against anti-Gypsyism and contribute to general knowledge of Roma history in Europe and called on Member States to follow this example.
How is the Commission ensuring that the fight against anti-Gypsyism is being mainstreamed in all EU policies relating to the inclusion of Roma? How is the Commission monitoring and assessing the compliance of EU policies and national policies with fundamental values of the EU with specific focus on rights of minorities and non-discrimination?
What steps have been taken to effectively combat anti-Gypsyism, including institutionalised anti-Gypsyism, and to improve Roma integration since the adoption of the resolution of the European Parliament?
What further steps have been taken to promote establishment of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day?
What further steps is the Commission taking in order to ensure that the Council endorses the resolution of the European Parliament to establish a European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day and to encourage Member States to officially recognise the Roma holocaust?