13 July 2010 – On 8 July 2010, the European Parliament adopted a resolution urging the European member states not to forcibly return Roma to Kosovo as long as Kosovo is unable to guarantee their reintegration.

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27. Underlines that the fragile political situation, the occurrence of inter-ethnic incidents in some areas and poor economic conditions have hampered the sustainable return of refugees, and calls for more efforts to be made to improve their situation;

28. Underlines the difficult situation and the discrimination faced by minorities and in particular Roma in access to education, housing, social services and employment; welcomes the Commission’s initiative to close the lead-contaminated camps in the north of Mitrovica and to resettle the families living in them and calls for its swift implementation; shares the concern expressed by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights that Kosovo is not yet in a position to provide proper conditions to reintegrate forcefully repatriated Roma and urges the Member States to stop carrying out this practice; takes note, in this regard, of the agreement reached between German and Kosovo authorities to repatriate gradually 14 000 refugees to Kosovo, of whom about 10 000 are Roma, and urges the Commission to step up ad hoc assistance programmes; calls on the countries participating in the Roma Decade to facilitate Kosovo’s involvement in the programmes;

The final text of the resolution is available at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P7-TA-2010-0281&language=EN&ring=B7-2010-0409