Members of the Romanian minority in Bulgaria are being deprived of their rights, according to a letter sent to Bulgarian officials by Monica Macovei, former Romanian Justice Minister and incumbent MEP.
Reports of Macovei's claims first appeared in the transcript of a cabinet meeting held Thursday. Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Ivaylo Kalfin, who is in charge of social and demographic policy apart from heading the Labor Ministry, is quoted as informing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov about having received the letter.
Macovei argues that that the Romanian community and the Romanian minority in Bulgaria are deprived of their right to learn their mother tongue as they are being denied legal definition as a minority.
She says "Bulgarian citizens of Romanian descent" turned to her last year to inform her of problems experienced by Roma of Romanian ancestry in Bulgaria.
"This is the second time I am warning about these problems. All Romanians living in Bulgaria must be recognized and treated as a national minority in compliance with international law."
"Efforts by the Romanian government to secure access to learning school subjects in Romanian were thwarted by the Ministry of Education of Bulgaria."
"I would like that you adopt a budget and a detailed plan of action, as well as a list of concrete measures to preserve the language and allow that classes are taught in minority languages at schools and higher education institutions."
The letter's text was not immediately published by the government, but local media quoted sections of the text.
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