Statement by José Manuel Barroso following Viviane Reding statement on the Roma situation: extracts
End production: 15/09/2010 First transmission: 15/09/2010
On 15 September 2010, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made statements following the declaration by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, on the Roma situation.
On 14 September 2010, Viviane Reding, stated that the EC is considering taking legal action against France regarding its expulsion of Roma.
She made this decision after considering a "situation which gave the impression that the people are being removed from a Member State of the EU just because they belong to an ethnic minority."
Viviane Reding, expressed her deepest regrets regarding French authorities' behaviour after a leaked government memo contradicted official assurances that its expulsions of irregular migrants did not target Roma.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): the Commission's position is clear, Community law has to be respected; the prohibition of discrimination based on ethnic origin is one of the EU fundamental values, the European Commission will do whatever is necessary to ensure the respect of these principles; Vice-President Reding has made this clear and she has done so with the full backing of the College, and with my personal backing; Vice-President Reding took her position yesterday after consultations with me and my full support; one or other of the expressions used in the heat of the moment may have given rise to a misunderstanding; Vice-President Reding did not want to establish any parallelism between what happened in the World War Second and the present; I also take good note of the statements made today according to which France considers that this is the moment for dialogue; the Commission will conclude its analysis in the next two weeks; I hope that we can now have full transparency in this matter, and that all is done to ensure the full respect of community law, the European Commission will do everything that is in its power to make the European Community law respected, this is not only our right, this is our duty according to the treaties (2 shots)
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