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Barroso: We’ll not abandon Schengen

Temporary re-introduction of border controls can and will be only a solution of last resort

The European Commission “will not abandon Schengen,” President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has said.

Addressing the European People's Party meeting in Palermo, Mr. Barroso described Schengen as “one of the biggest achievements of our Union – in terms of freedom and in terms of security.”

He, however, pointed out that Schengen was not perfect, adding that “it can and must evolve.”

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Violence and discrimination against Roma unacceptable, says OSCE

"Authorities have a duty to vigorously investigate hate-motivated incidents"

Violence targeting Roma and Sinti in Europe is "unacceptable", Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the head of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has said.

The comment comes following a series of anti-Roma incidents in Hungary, culminating in a violent clash involving paramilitary vigilante groups in the village of Gyöngyöspata recently, and several marches in the Czech Republic, organized by extremist groups, inciting hatred against Roma.

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Italy's new expulsion directive to be ready next week

A new directive to expel illegal immigrants from Italy will be ready by next week, Home Affairs Minister Roberto Maroni has said.

Italian Government decided to prepare the new directive after the European Union's Court of Justice ruled that the country cannot imprison illegal immigrants who fail to comply with an order to leave the national territory.

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Orbán: North African economic migrants must be kept home

He suggests using Marshall Plan of assistance to keep them away

Europe must accept political refugees from North Africa, but economic migrants must be kept home, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said.

Addressing the European People’s Party conference in Palermo, Italy on 4th May, Mr. Orbán called for a new Marshall Plan of assistance to North African countries as an effective way of keeping Africans in their countries.
 

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Way Italy and France handled North African migrants condemned

ALDE: France-Italy border row a shameful ping-pong that puts at risk the free movement of people

Liberal and Democrats have rejected calls to revise the Schengen rules and condemned the way Italy and France dealt with immigrants from North Africa.

Responding to the European Commission's communication on forging a more sustainable migration policy, the MEPs cautioned against any knee-jerk reaction which failed to address the underlying causes yet put at risk the important achievement of border free movement in Europe.

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