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Economics Seminar Will the Status of the Roma people improve as the EU enlarges When I die you should bury me standing Because I have been on my knees all my life Gypsy saying Who are the gypsies Are they a tribe Or maybe a sect Where do they live Where do all the myths about them originate Why are there so many pejorative characteristics attributed to them The aim of this paper is to foresee if the status of the Roma people will change and how it will change In order to make such a prediction I will approach the issues of the Roma from different angles such as historical background treatment in the communist times their situation in Europe today and I will explain issues that are specific for them as a people The condition of the Roma in Central and Eastern Europe is one of the most challenging issues that surfaced after the transition from communism It has been said that no other ethnic group has been so excluded from the opportunities that came along with the transition than the Roma Roma are a distinctive minority in Europe Unlike other minority groups they have no historical homeland and they live in almost all countries of Asia and Europe There are between 7 and 9 million Gypsies living in Europe mostly living in Eastern and Central Europe in the countries that are applying to the European Union Clearly significant results will not occur instantaneously I believe it will take at least one generation for major changes to occur that is if significant efforts will be made It is a major step forward that the EU requires the applicant countries to improve the situation of their Roma citizens however it is not enough Peoples mentalities are a very important factor and as the Romanian secretary of state pointed out it takes both sides the Romani and the
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