Viviane Reding: The Real Problem of Free Movement Are the Roma

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Bulgaria: Viviane Reding: The Real Problem of Free Movement Are the Roma Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenships. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Roma are the real problem for the free movement in the EU, said European Commissioner Viviane Reding.

“Let me name the problem – the problem are the Roma people – the 10-12 million European citizens who live almost everywhere, not only in Bulgaria and Romania, most of them living in horrid poverty conditions,” said Reding at a conference in the European Parliament, organised by Bulgarian MEP Maria Gabriel and Romanian MEP Cristian Dan Preda. “Let's be honest, this is our problem.”

Reding pointed out that all EU citizens have equal rights and there has never been such intense attacks from politicians and media against one of the main European rights – the right of free movement.

The European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Vice-President of the European Commission also said that each right brings duties. “There is freedom of movement, but not of receiving social benefits”, Reding said. “The abuse, however limited, is very dangerous, as it creates a feeling of a problem blown out of proportion and thus questions the right of free movement.”

According to her, ideally everyone would remain in their own country, but people are driven by poverty to seek subsistence in richer countries.

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Seedy - 14 Feb 2014 // 19:14:14

Speak for yourself, darling - over here the "oppressed" are those pensioners who can't sleep safely in their own homes, those who can't travel on public transport without holding their purses every moment, those who have their homes stripped while they're out working to pay their taxes for scum-bags who have too many "cultural rights" to do a day's honest work, those who want their kids to be educated rather than "married" at the age of 11 or 13.....

Bernadete Lage - 14 Feb 2014 // 15:39:07

We are in the fight for Gypsy Ethnicity in Brazil and Europe. For centuries they`ve been suffering from racism, exclusion and deportation. Families victms of moral and physical violence and this prevents them come out freely on the streets, shops, entertainment venues. Children are discriminated in schools, hindering their education. Please join us.

Whenever there are human beings on the planet suffering, devoid of their sacred right to insertion, to liberty, to knowledge, we will be together imprisoned by the scourge of omission.

Bernadete Lage
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