The European Parliament adopted a report on protecting fundamental rights of Roma people in the European Union. The report, which recognises anti-gypsyism as a horizontal issue, demands a range of policies from desegregation measures in public services to monitoring of anti-discrimination programmes.

The ambitious report is a firm condemnation of the current predicament of Roma people in Europe, and a call to action for the Commission and member states.

“Roma have been deprived of their human rights and discriminated against for 800 years,” said the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group’s spokesperson for Roma issues and author of the report, Soraya Post.

According to data presented, 80% of Roma parents live at risk of poverty, as well as their children who, in 47% of cases, do not attend early education. One third of Roma households live without running water or access to a toilet, shower or bathroom inside.