From January until June 2014, Greece takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, completing the term of the trio Ireland-Lithuania-Greece. The Greek Presidency takes place at a time where the EU is facing a worrying rise in racism, xenophobia, right-wing extremist and fascist parties within a context of an economic crisis. Some important progress has been made towards Roma inclusion with the adoption of the Council Recommendation proposed by the European Commission. Although, Roma still face discrimination and their rights are systematically violated. 2014 is a key moment for defining the future course for developing the area of freedom, security and justice in the EU. As such, the Greek Presidency should ensure that human rights and equality remain the founding values of the Union.
Source (English language): http://www.erionet.eu/doc-recommendations_greek_presidency_2014