The third EU Roma summit: “about Roma without Roma”


A Roma woman prepares to do the laundry outdoors near her improvised family shelter in Bucharest.

When taking over 11 Eastern European former communist countries, the EU has not anticipated the extent of the Roma problem.

The third EU Roma summit was once more “about Roma without Roma”, according to the opinion of some Roma activists and organisations critical of the way the 4 April event was organised. Invitations were sent late, to only a handful Roma organisations. Attended by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and by politicians such as the Romanian president Traian Basescu, known for his racist remarks against the Roma, the target group of the event was not even the Romani peop...

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