19 OCT 2010
By Valentina Pop
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission on Tuesday (19 October) put an end to its stand-off with France over Roma expulsions, deciding not to start infringement procedures after Paris submitted plans to bring its legislation in line with EU law on freedom of movement.
"Following the official commitments made by France last Friday, the European Commission will now, for the time being, not pursue the infringement procedure against France," justice commissioner Viviane Reding said in a statement at the end of the weekly meeting of EU commissioners which took place in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Ms Reding had speerheaded the commission's unprecedented criticism of Paris over the rights of the Roma after leaked documents proved that French authorities were instructed to specifically target this minority when clamping down on irregular migrants.
Over a thousand Roma of Romanian and Bulgarian citizenship were repatriated in August and September, as part of a "voluntary return" scheme which included highly criticised payments of €300 for each adult and €100 for each child.
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