The European Union adopted the first ever EU legal instrument for Roma inclusion, with all 28 EU Member States committing to implementing a set of recommendations, proposed by the European Commission, to step up the economic and social integration of Roma communities. According to Mediafax, the Council Recommendation was adopted unanimously by ministers meeting in the Council less than six months after the Commission’s proposal. With the adoption of the Recommendation, the first ever EU-level legal instrument for Roma inclusion, Member States commit to taking targeted action to bridge the gaps between the Roma and the rest of the population. “Today’s agreement is a strong signal that Member States are willing to tackle the challenging task of Roma integration head-on. ,” said European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner.