EU Legislation, Initiatives, etc.
EU News: There are between 10m - 12m Roma in the EU (in candidate countries & potential candidate countries in the Western Balkans) and a significant number of them live in extreme marginalisation in both rural & urban areas and in very poor social-economic conditions. The topic has been much in the news recently (especially in France) and the EC has published; Roma people living in the EU: Frequently asked questions.
EU News: The European Commission last week adopted a decision outlining the criteria necessary to achieve good environmental status for Europe's seas. This will help Member States to develop co-ordinated marine strategies within each regional sea, ensuring consistency and allowing progress to be compared between regions. The definition of the criteria is a requirement under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive which aims to achieve good environmental status in all EU marine waters by 2020.