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ForMin Melescanu's reaction to Matteo Salvini affirmations against Romania and Bulgaria

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) has retorted on Thursday to the accusations made by the Italian deputy prime minister and Interior minister, Matteo Salvini, against Romania and Bulgaria, according to which the two countries are sending „slaves” to the Western Europe.

MAE states that any association between the citizens of a country and a criminal activity is not acceptable.

„MAE considers as unacceptable any association between the citizens of a country and a criminal activity, any manifestation that can generate racial hatred or xenophobia. The situation of the citizens who commit crimes must be addressed without stereotypes and, in no case, based on ethnic grounds. The law must be equally and firmly enforced, regardless of the citizenship or ethnicity. As a EU member state, Romania is showing a deep concern and is acting to prevent and counter illegal immigration and human trafficking, regardless of their manifestations: beggary, sexual exploitation, labour exploitation,” says a MAE statement.

The ministry also says that Romania is assuming its  responsibilities regarding the way  its own citizens behave abroad and that it is tightly collaborating with the authorities of the countries where there is a high number of Romanians residing and working in order to manage and prevent these problems.

MAE reminds that Romania has a network of home affairs attaches in most European countries, especially in the regions where important communities of Romanians are living, and that MAE and the Diaspora Ministry have launched public information campaigns to raise awareness on the risks of the illegal work and of the human trafficking and labour exploitation.