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Wednesday, 1 April 2009 - Brussels OJ edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

  Maria Petre (PPE-DE).(RO) Madam President, ladies and gentlemen, at the end of last week several hundred Romanian citizens were prevented from entering the territory of the Republic of Moldova. In most cases, no explanation was given; otherwise, the strangest excuses were used, such as they did not have documents to show that they were not infected by the HIV virus.

This is an unprecedented abuse. No other European citizens have ever had their right of free movement so grossly violated. I strongly support the European journey being made by the Republic of Moldova and its citizens, but I protest against this gross abuse and ask the European Commission and Council to request explanations from the authorities in Chişinău, just as Romania has already requested through the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Thank you.

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