Europe’s “Roma Decade” Didn’t Lead to Inclusion

The Decade of Roma Inclusion has ended. This unprecedented collaboration was initiated between 12 European countries in 2005 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At that time, the prime ministers of these countries made a promise to “close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society,” and committed their domestic public institutions to fulfill this promise by 2015.

Did governments deliver on the promise? In short, no. According to an article by the Open Society Institute, the daily life of Roma remains a struggle no other ethnic group in Europe faces.

The Roma Youth Radio project from RadioExpert offers the first steps in a professional career for young Roma broadcasters-in-training. We challenge the Open Society Institute and others to support our efforts to improve the opportunities for Roma in Europe.