Missed Opportunity – European Roma Platform Fails to Connect

14/12/2010 – The European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) is deeply disappointed that the agenda of the fourth meeting of the Integrated European Platform for Roma Inclusion has not been aligned with the process initiated by the European Commission to develop and adopt by April 2011 a European Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies. The main topic for the Platform – ‘early childhood education’ -­‐ is an important issue. However, neither the agenda nor the preparations for the Platform have provided an opportunity to debate what is the most significant EU Roma policy process to date. The Platform has therefore missed the opportunity to act as a meaningful forum, which can make EU and Member States’ efforts to deliver results for Roma people more effective. This major omission raises grave concerns about the Platform’s value and functioning.