Wednesday, 9 March 2011 - Strasbourg
Explanation of vote:
Pino Arlacchi (S&D) - Mr President, my group supports this report because it is a move in the right direction, calling for an EU strategy and a road map for Roma inclusion.
The report is inspired by a keen perception of the extremely heterogeneous cultural aspects between different Roma communities in Europe. At the same time, it advocates the introduction of binding and minimum standards at EU level for starting a real policy of integration. The EU strategy addresses all forms of violation of the fundamental rights of the Roma people and calls for effective access for the Roma to the labour market by making micro-credit available for self-employment and entrepreneurship. My group particularly appreciates the stress on the education of Roma children, namely the abolition of classroom segregation through the employment of Roma mediators and an increase in the number of Roma teachers.