The first step towards countering anti-Gypsyism is to recognise it as such, argues Martin Demirovski from ENAR, the European Network Against Racism, in an op-ed calling on the renewed European institutions to make the fight against this ever growing phenomenon in Europe a priority.
From 2004 to 2009, the European Parliament played a key role in calling on the European Commission to develop a European Roma Strategy, to ensure the inclusion of Europe’s largest minority group. In response to this visionary call, in 2010, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union adopted a European Framework for national Roma integration strategies. However, although the ‘paper work’ is done, work is still needed on ensuring the implementation of these strategies, especially in a context of rising racist violence and speech targeted at the Roma. The recent lynching of a Roma teenager in France is only the latest in many such incidents of violence across Europe.