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August 13, 2022

Senate rejects ‘Roma’ word change into ‘gypsy’ in official documents

Senators voted down 51-27, and five abstentions, a draft bill proposed by Democrat-Liberal Deputy Silviu Prigoana, under which the word “Roma” would be changed into “gypsy” in official documents. The majority of the senators who took the floor, both from among the ruling coalition and the opposition, stood against the Prigoana-originated document. Law Commission Chairman Toni Grebla said the ethnic denomination in question cannot be decreed as such, given its members bear their historically inherited name anyway. Grebla said that the matter at stake is rooted in the 1990s law under which the word “gypsy” was changed into “Roma”.

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