UNITED E-NEWS 15/11/07: Romanian Roma organisations call for Commissioner Frattini to step down
On November 3, Mr Frattini, Italian Commissioner for Justice and Civil Liberties declared:
³What has to be done is simple. Go into a nomad camp in Rome for example, and ask them: ŒCan you tell me where you live?¹ If they say they do not know, take them and send them home to Romania. That is how the European directive works. It is simple and safe. Romania cannot say they will not take them back, because it is an obligation that is part of being a member state of the EU.²
He also urged Italy to pull down the camps to prevent any Romanians from returning.
At best, this declaration is stupid, as the Commissioner implies that Romania should receive anybody who does not know where he or she resides. Coming from a Commissioner charged with fighting for the civil liberties of European citizens, it is simply unacceptable.
Frattini seems to forget that he is not paid by the Italian extreme right or Berlusconi but by the European Commission, an organisation which promotes (at least on paper) ³respect for human rights², ³tolerance² and ³unity through diversity².
If the Commissioner can¹t do his job better resign or keep quiet as he successfully did it up to this point.
Full article is available at http://www.ergonetw ork.org/frattini .htm
A online protest is available at http://www.romanetw ork.org/protest2 .htm