Yes, the Roma Decade is helpful in opening up dialogue with mainstream EU nations, because the story of the Roma presents a unique problem in the European Union Community. It is important to address this problem now and come up with a policy. Chances are, history will repeat itself. If the EU forms a policy now, it will be all the easier to address the next time it happens.
Obviously, there is going to have to be a lot of dialogue started, as there is with any issue of civil rights and the ending of oppression. This Roma Decade is going to provide an avenue for people to begin to discuss what can be done for these people to gain acceptance in the EU.
How much progress is actually being made in relation to the Roma? The Roma have been of interest socially to the people of Europe for decades, or generations, and the so called Roma decade has not really made any progress in doing anything for (or against) them recently in Europe.
People don't realize that simply opening 'dialogues' about issues, or passing a law saying that something is supposed to be a certain way, can't really change how people think or feel, which is ultimately the heart of how people are treated. The issue of the Roma has to do with prejudice - if people continue to view them as they have for years, then nothing will be accomplished.
The Roma Decade is not helpful in opening up dialogue with mainstream EU nations. They are continued to be persecuted in their country. Some of them have left their country in hopes of finding peace and refuge in other countries. The dialogue is not as helpful as they hope that it would be.