Roma must be ensured access to adequate housing in Baia Mare (Romania)
''Again I must speak out about the housing situation of Roma in Europe'', said John Warmisham, Thematic Rapporteur on Roma/Travellers of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. ''In the past, I have denounced the forced eviction of Roma from various settlements in different Council of Europe member states. This time, I decry the relocation of Roma families to a disused chemical factory in Baia Mare (Romania). The Congress’ Resolution 333 (2011) urges local and regional authorities to replace or improve the quality of existing housing, or to give Roma access to housing with all basic amenities. Relocating these families to these premises not only denies their right to adequate housing but also puts their health at risk and denies them access to a healthy environment.'' ''I encourage the authorities of Baia Mare to find adequate housing for the Roma population. And I call on all local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe member states to work towards the implementation of the recommendations addressed to them by the Congress in its Resolution 333 (2011). It is only in this way that we will improve the situation of social exclusion within European society faced by Roma.''