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Statement by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding on the Roma situation in Europe

14/09/2010 Statement by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding on the Roma situation in Europe

"Over the past weeks, the European Commission has been following very closely the developments in France regarding the Roma.

I personally have been appalled by a situation which gave the impression that people are being removed from a Member State of the European Union just because they belong to a certain ethnic minority. This is a situation I had thought Europe would not have to witness again after the Second World War.

I have made crystal clear my doubts about the legality of the French measures in a public statement on 25 August – a statement that was made in full agreement with Commission President Barroso with whom I worked closely on this issue over summer..."

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