I have just seen an interesting news that could answer the question that some of you made commenting my post http://development.thinkaboutit.eu/think3/post/forced_special_schools_for_roma_children
What the EU is doing for the Roma population, especially after the 2004 and 2007 enlargement of the EU?
Well, the European Parliament has approved a proposal of the European Commission that makes possible to use EU regional funds to improve housing for marginalized communities, such as the Roma population, estimated around 10-12 million people in Europe.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, says concerning the decision: "I welcome this decision, which will allow regional policy to help to break the vicious circle in which these communities seem to be trapped. This should be part of an overall approach covering also actions in the fields of education, health, social affairs and employment."
It has to be noted that the amendment is explicitly but not exclusively targeted to the Roma population. this amendment refers both to teh rural and to the urban areas and covers the replacement of existing houses as well as the construction of new ones, but only if implemented by public authorities.
I believe that this is a good signal from the EU in this way. Well done, Brussels!