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Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on Romania

Strasbourg, 14 March 2013 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Romania from 4 to 8 March 2013 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRIs delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its 2005 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Bucharest with representatives of all relevant ministries and other competent authorities, independent experts, minority groups and NGOs.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published in 2013 in which it will make a fresh set of recommendations on measures to be taken by the authorities to address racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in the country. Among these, three will be revisited in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2005 report, ECRI highlighted the following concerns: the unsatisfactory application of existing anti-discrimination legislation; the lack of funding and political will to ensure the success of the Strategy for Improving the Situation of the Roma; the problem of segregation of Roma pupils in schools.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language (racial discrimination), as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Link to the 2005 ECRI report on Romania

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