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European Parliament demands the suspension of all Roma expulsions

September 10th 2010

On 9th September 2010, the European Parliament adopted a resolution demanding the halt of the repatriations of Roma from France to Romania and Bulgaria.

On Thursday the European Parliament passed a resolution which condemns the expulsions of Roma people from France to EU Member States Romania and Bulgaria. Accoding to the resolution, "the mass expulsions of Roma violate EU law as they amount to discrimination on the basis of race". MEPs say expulsion decisions must be assessed and decided on an individual basis, taking into consideration personal circumstances and guaranteeing procedural safeguards and redress.

Sponsored by the S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL, the resolution was passed with 337 votes in favour, 245 against and 51 abstentions.

In the resolution, the Parliament also regrets the ’late and limited response’ of the European Commission and calls for a full analysis of the situation of Roma in France and in all the Member States.

Read the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 9th September 2010 and the press release issued by the European Parliament