Roma and Travellers constitute the largest minority in Europe.
Many members of these communities are poor, and discrimination and
prejudice impact all aspects of their daily lives.
Yet social exclusion is not the inevitable fate of Roma and
Travellers. As European citizens, they have a vital role to play
Employment is a key path to inclusion. States must actively
promote equal access to employment for Roma and Travellers. Effective
anti-discrimination measures and equal access to education and training
are crucial. Employers should be required to apply diversity policies,
equality requirements should be included in public procurement processes,
and individualised support should be provided to Roma and Travellers
in all programmes aimed at promoting their access to the labour
More generally, it is time to move beyond stereotypes and
to recognise Roma and Travellers as actors in their own future.
Fighting anti-Gypsyism must form an integral part of all efforts
to promote the inclusion of Roma and Travellers, local authorities
must foster good relations in their communities, and a positive
sense of Roma and Traveller identity must be promoted.