Italy Pushes Law Driven By Roma Influx

Italy pushes law driven by Roma influx

By Gabriella Bianchi and Guy Dinmore in Rome
Published: September 10 2010 22:05
Last updated: September 10 2010 22:05

Italys centre-right government is pressing ahead with controversial legislation driven by an influx from Romania of gypsies, also known as Roma, that will formalise the process of expelling unwanted European Union citizens.

Italys planned decree, co-ordinated with similar proposals in France, strikes at the heart of a landmark EU directive that sets out the conditional rights of citizens to freedom of movement and residence but is short on provisions on how governments can deal with those who breach conditions of their stay.