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|Title: ||Towards a national Traveller and Roma integration strategy 2020|
|Publisher: ||Pavee Point Travellers' Centre|
|Issue Date: ||2011 |
|Description: ||Purpose of this Submission
Pavee Point is a voluntary, or non-governmental, organisation committed to the attainment of human rights for Irish Travellers since 1985. The group is comprised of Travellers and members of the majority population working together in partnership to address the needs of Travellers as a minority group experiencing exclusion and marginalisation. Pavee Point has also had a Roma Support Group since 2000.
As such, Pavee Point welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to introduce National Roma Integration Strategies and is keen to use its expertise in working with, and for, Travellers and Roma to contribute to the development of Ireland‟s National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy.
Traveller and Roma people and their representative organisations have a key role to play in this national strategy, as identified by the European Commission in their communication:
“[National Strategies should] Be designed, implemented and monitored in close cooperation and continuous dialogue with Roma civil society, regional and local authorities.”
From: An EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, p.9
The Commission also asked that national strategies be in line with the Common Basic Principles on Roma Inclusion, which also provide for the involvement of civil society and the active participation of Roma:
constructive, pragmatic and non-discriminatory policies;
explicit but not exclusive targeting;
aiming for the mainstream;
awareness of the gender dimension;
transfer of evidence-based policies;
use of EU instruments;
involvement of regional and local authorities;
involvement of civil society; and
active participation of Roma.
This submission outlines Pavee Point‟s position in relation to the key areas identified for inclusion in the strategies by the European Commission – education, employment, health and housing. It also makes general recommendations in relation to the development, implementation and monitoring of Ireland‟s National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy.
Pavee Point supports the aspiration that the “EU Framework seeks to make a tangible difference to Roma people's lives”1, and is committing to working with the relevant agencies to realise this in an Irish context.|
|Keywords: ||GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS|
|Appears in Collections: ||Pavee Point|
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