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Europe has made some progress in putting an end to strong discrimination against Roma communities, but more needs to be done at grassroots level to help young people, writes Valeriu Nicolae. 

Late on the evening of 2 August 1944, wood-panelled trucks arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau gypsy camp. Its prisoners – the elderly, men, women and children – were given a piece of bread and told they were being moved to another location. Instead, nearly 3000 Roma and Sinti were delivered to Birkenau’s gas chambers.

On 2 August this year, we took a moment to remember the estimated 500,000 Roma and Sinti who were murdered during the holocaust. Now is the ideal time to consider their status in Europe. What progress has been made, and what hurdles do they continue to face?

The European project represents the most significant advancement for Roma communities in recent times. The EU’s anti-discrimination framework, alongside the strong focus on human rights and social inclusion, has gone a long way towards raising awareness about their plight.

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