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Italy, Romania ask EU for help with Roma gypsies

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Italy, Romania ask EU for help with Roma gypsies


Asking for European help with Roma gypsy turmoil in Italy… Romanian President Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Prime Minister Romano Prodi in Rome say they have written a joint letter to the president of the European Commission. They are requesting that EU structural funds be brought into play.

The European Commission has given cautious backing to Italy’s emergency legislation on expelling EU citizens but warns against discrimination against Romanians. Prodi said: “Together we have asked that the European Union do more. It is clear that in tackling migratory flows within the community, the EU must act at the level of the problem posed.”

Last week, Italy’s centre-left government pushed through a decree allowing local authorities to expel EU citizens they consider to be dangerous. This followed a spate of violent crimes in Italy, many blamed on immigrants from new EU member Romania, including the rape and murder of an Italian woman. Demolitions have begun of gypsy encampments and Romanians are being expelled under the new powers.

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