The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs organized today, July 22nd 2008, an expert interministerial working meeting, within which a series of approaches regarding protection of rights of the Romanian citizens in Italy have been discussed in the context of the measures taken by the Italian authorities in the public security field.
The working group reviewed the stage of the issues the Romanian community in Italy, the census carried out in the nomadic camps in Italy, the bilateral Romanian-Italian agenda and, within the current context, the action proposals falling under the competence of the institutions represented within the working group, in order to ensure the observance of the rights of the Romanian citizens in Italy.
During the meeting, the recent proposal of the Italian Minister of the Interior, Roberto Maroni, on the granting of Italian citizenship to all Roma minors born in Italy, who have no parents at present, has been also discussed.
Related to this proposal, the working group agreed that the Romanian authorities should request to the Italian authorities additional information in order to prevent any possibility of abuse in case such a measure is passed. To this purpose, the cooperation with the Italian authorities in the case of the children with Romanian citizenship or without identity documents but speakers of Romanian language or found without parents will be requested. In the dialogue with the Italian party, the authorities from Bucharest will propose concrete solutions for a correct identification of all the minors with Romanian citizenship and for their entrance in social reinsertion programs, managed by the relevant Romanian authorities. In this context, the focus will be especially on the rigorously application of the Inter-Governmental Agreement between Romania and Italy on the cooperation for protection of the Romanian not accompanied or in need in Italy minors, signed during the visit in Rome of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lazar Comanescu.
The Ministry of Education, Research and Youth will continue, during the study year 2007 - 2008, a project, initiated in the previous study year, for teaching a course of Romanian language, culture and civilization. The number of teachers was increased for Italy from five to 31, which thus would allow more children to benefit of this program. Last year, almost 400 children in Italy had access to these courses, and for the next study year it is estimated that there will be about five times more beneficiaries of these courses.
The Ministry of Labor, Family and Equal Opportunities grants consultancy to the Romanian citizens working in Italy, so that they could benefit from the provisions of the labor law of this country.
The Ministry of the Interior and the Administrative Reform will continue the cooperation with the Italian partners in order to ensure, on one side, the infractionality control, and on the other side, the observance of the fundamental rights of the Romanian citizens, as EU citizens, and the abstraction of any potential abuses in their regard. Currently, 17 Romanian policemen and three attaché of Interior Ministry cooperate with the Italian authorities in this purpose.
The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, cooperating with the other institutions, will continue the dialogue with the Italian authorities and European institutions with respect to the measures on public order taken into consideration by the Government of Rome.
At the meeting there were present representatives of the Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reform, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labor, Family and Equal Opportunities, the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth, the Department for European Business, the National Authority for the Protection of Children Rights, the National Agency for the Roma population, the Agency for Governmental Strategies and the National Council Against Discrimination.