Prime Minister Iveta Radičová on September 16 attended her first summit meeting of the European Council, much of which revolved around France's deportations of Roma migrants and subsequent reactions from the European institutions, the TASR newswire reported.
Radičová said French President Nicolas Sarkozy strenuously defended his government's deportation of more than a thousand Roma. Radicova refused to take sides until she had studied in detail the arguments raised at the summit.
Radičová also said each country has a right to adopt its own legislation and act in line with it but that the European Commission must also judge whether it is in compliance with European law. She added that a strategy for handling the Roma issue will also be discussed at one of the next meeting of EU leaders.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Sep 2010 at 10:00