In December 2010, international academics, civil society activists and lawyers met in Bucharest to discuss in the RLS Seminar “The free movement of Roma as EU citizens” in Bucharest the mobility of Roma in today´s Europe. It was stated that the mass expulsions in France in 2010 have been discriminatory against the Roma and that they have violated the idea of free movement within Europe. On the grounds of EU law and landmark court cases the participants further searched for ideas how to best argue against expulsions and evictions in other European countries. The conference was organised by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels.
Archive for the ‘Minorities and Migration’ Category
During the wars in former Yugoslavia, some 130,000 members of the minority of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians (RAE) from Kosovo, fled. After arson attacks and expulsions during the war in Kosovo in 1999, and after the renewed flare-up of ethnic violence in 2004, no more than 35,000 of them still live in Kosovo today. For years, the German Federal Government has tried to deport a large number of the RAE refugees living in Germany to Kosovo – a total of more than 10,000 people.
Nobody knows how it happened, but somehow a confidential EU Commission document has made its way through obscure pathways into the hands of the interested Brussels public. In this document titled “A Reform Agenda for Global Europe”, the previous debates between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission for a financial audit in 2008-‘09 are summarised, and suggestions for a reform of the budget starting in 2013 are made.