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French PM to have talks with Bucharest and Sofia regarding Roma persons

PM Jean–Marc Ayrault announced on Saturday France’s decision to have talks with governments of Romania and Bulgaria on Roma issues and that he will ask “over the next days” for a reunion of the European Council (EC) with the purpose of settling “at European level” the issue of Roma ethnic persons, AFP informs, cited by Mediafax.
“I have decided and the one to implement this is (Minister for European Affairs) Bernard Cazeneuve, to have talks with the Romanian and Bulgarian governments because their citizens are those mostly in focus”, the premier said while answering questions from young Socialists at the courses of Socialist Party Summer School (PS) in La Rochelle, west of France.
“We would like this issue to be addressed in Europe as a whole and we shall ask for a reunion of the European Council during the next few days”, where the Ministers responsible shall participate and which “shall address this issue”, according to Ayrault.
Regarding this topic, PM assured that he would not like to “hide his head into the sand”. Ayrault chaired already this Wednesday an inter-ministerial reunion addressing this topic after dismantling, during the summer, of illegal Roma camps, which has raised criticism from associations and other left wing PS members. The French government decided within this reunion to have more flexibility in the employment terms for Romanians and Bulgarians, mainly for the Roma people.
The reasoning for the Socialist government “firm action” regarding the dismantling of illegal camps along with the expatriations conducted by Internal Minister Manuel Valls have raised discontent both within the French left wing along with France being placed under surveillance by the European Commission.
On Wednesday, the EC expressed satisfaction regarding the “constructive conduct of the French government in search of appropriate solutions as well as regarding the will to cooperate with the Commission and with other EU Member States (EU)”, as Olivier Bailly, speaker, informed in a press release. Also, the European Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, previously underlined that she was expecting “concrete measure and precise financing” from Paris towards the amelioration of Roma persons situation.

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