The plight of Roma people, who for centuries have suffered discrimination and hostility in Europe, is being discussed at a summit in Brussels today.
The conference has been organised by the European Commission in a bid to improve living conditions for this marginalised community.
Italy has become the focus of controversy over the treatment of Roma in Europe.
The government’s plans to fingerprint Roma residents follows rising tensions over the perception they are to blame for much of the crime in the country.
The allegation has led to frequent attacks on Roma communities.