EU suspends Roma complaint against France

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2010 8:44 AM
EU suspends Roma complaint against France

The European Commission says it will temporarily suspend its human rights complaint against France for its expulsions of Gypsies, or Roma, after Paris promised to alter some of its laws to match EU regulations.

A statement issued Tuesday by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding says Paris has agreed to some of the commission's demands including issuing a written expulsion order and giving people the possibility of appeal.

Reding noted that the EU will continue to monitor France's implementation of the bloc's regulations.

Paris has been locked in a standoff with the EU's head office over its expulsions of some of Europe's poorest minorities. In recent months, France has expelled more than 1,000 Roma immigrants, mostly to Romania, and demolished hundreds of illegal Roma camps.