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European Roma Policy Coalition calls for a European Roma strategy

17 September 2010


The European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) expresses its disappointment that at yesterday’s European Council a decision on a concrete strategy has been postponed until next month. It is important that heads of government should take a firm and united stand against policies which deliberately stigmatize and discriminate against Roma.

The ERPC endorses Commissioner Reding’s and President Barroso’s position on the Commission’s right and duty to watch over compliance with EU law. In this regard, the ERPC expects EU member states to demonstrate their respect for the role of the European Commission as guardian of the EU Treaties and their core values.

Furthermore, the ERPC expects the European Commission to move swiftly to finalize its investigation on France’s actions in light of potential infringement proceedings.

The ERPC believes that the leaders of Europe should adopt a clear and comprehensive human rights based European framework strategy for Roma inclusion.

ERPC calls on France to immediately stop the expulsion of EU citizens, to ensure that the human rights of all are respected, to implement its own legislation relating to the provision of camping sites on French territory and to refrain from making any further inflammatory statements stigmatizing Roma communities.

Note to editors:

The European Roma Policy Coalition is an informal gathering of non-governmental organisations operating at EU level on issues of human rights, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, social inclusion, and Roma and Travellers’ rights. Its members are Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre, the European Roma Information Office, the Open Society Institute, the European Network Against Racism, Spolu International Foundation, Minority Rights Group International, the European Roma Grassroots Organizations Network, Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, the Roma Education Fund, and Fundaciòn Secretariado Gitano.

For further comment/background and interviews, contact:

Amnesty International European Institutions Office (Brussels)

Tel: +32 (0)2 502 1499/+32 (0)2 548 2773

Email: [email protected]

ERGO Network (Brussels)

Tel: +32 (0)2 28 931 049

Email: [email protected]

European Network Against Racism (Brussels)

Tel: +32 (0)2 229 35 70

Email: [email protected][email protected]

European Roma Rights Centre

Tel: +36 30 500 1324 (mobile)
Email: [email protected]

Open Society Institute – Brussels

Tel: + 32 (0)2 505 4646
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 4646

European Roma Information Office

Tel :0032(0)27333462
Email: [email protected]

Spolu International Foundation

Tel: +31 30 232 8042
Fax: +31 30 232 8043
Email: [email protected]

Minority Rights Group International

Tel: +44 (0)20 7422 4205

Mobile: +44 (0)7870 596 863 or +44 (0)7989 699 984
Email: [email protected]

Roma Education Fund

Tel: +36 1 235 8030
Email: [email protected]

Fundacion Secretariado Gitano
Tel: +91 422 09 60