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Correspondence

In accordance with ACITS1 ECRE follows a communications standard where all external official correspondence which relates to third parties is recorded together with all replies received.

Please note that the first three items are not ECRE documents but were sent at the end of 1999, during the legal formation period of ECRE, to the Commission by the Directorate of the Agricultural Development Foundation (UK). These letters were the first to set out advice and warnings to the European Commission concerning the issue of segregated educaitonal denial involving the so-called Special schools. As can be seen, this advice was completely ignored justifying the communication item 5.

From this point onwards, all of the shameful prevarication and inaction and just plain lack of interest shown by most officials sustaining the segregation and the denial of education to some 150,000 Roma children, such as the Romungro brother and sister shown on the right, can be witnessed by reading this correspondence.

We have recently reversed the order of entries in the table below to present the most recent entries at the top. We are currently undertaking an audit since there are some minor errors and typos in come documents.


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ECRE Management Committee to Ombudsman

Complaint about European Commission

26th May 2004

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30
ECRE Management Committee to Ombudsman

Complaint about European Parliamentary Petitions Committee

26th May 2004

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29
ECRE Management Committee to Chair Petitions Committee
ECRE comments on the Commission reply

15 March 2004

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28
ECRE Management Committee to readers of this list
NOTIFICATION


15 March 2004

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27
ECRE Management Committee to Chair Petitions Committee

Requesting public hearing for Petition as promised by Committee on Petitions

15 March 2004

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26
Petition Committee Notice to Members (annex to letter above)


Containing the response by the European Commission to the Petition
Notice issues 22nd January 2003 contains Commission response issued 13 November 2003.
Received:
13 March 2004


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25
Chairman Petitions Committee
Providing "official response" to the Petition
13th March, 2004
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24
ECRE Management Committee to Chairman of Petitions Committee
Requesting action to avoid delays in Petition process

23 February 2004

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23
Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) to European Commission
Letter before legal action over Commission's failure to act on special schools.
17th February, 2004
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22
ECRE Management Committee to Chairman of Petitions Committee
Acknowledging receipt of letter concerning admissibility.

23rd November, 2003
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21
Chairman of the Petitions Committee to ECRE Management Committee
Informing ECRE that Petition is admissable.

18th November, 2003
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20
ECRE Management Committee to Petitions Committee
Requesting information of whether or not letter was sent informing ECRE of Petition admissibility.
20th November, 2003
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19
ECRE Management Committee to Fabrizio Barbaso, acting Director General for Enlargement European Commission
Replying to letter above. Pointing out Commission's failure to report adequately.


22 October, 2003



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18
Eneko Landaburu, Director General of Enlargement European Commissionto ECRE Management Committee
Response to letter from Management Committee to Mr. Prodi of 14 May 2003.


18th October, 2003



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17
Ricardo Bremon of European Commission to ECRE Management Committee
Covering note to letter from Director General of Enlargement


18th October, 2003


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16
ECRE Management Committee to Roy Perry, Vice Chairman Petitions Committee of European Parliament
Acknowledging Mr. Perry's rapid response and commenting on some observations made by Mr. Perry


10th September, 2003


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15
Roy Perry, Vice Chairman Petitions Committee of European Parliament to ECRE Manageemnt Committee (H. McNeill)
Setting out the process being followed by the Petitions Committee concerning the ECRE Petition


9th September, 2003


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14
ECRE Management Committee to Roy Perry, Vice Chairman Petitions Committee of European Parliament
Requesting action by the Petitions Committee after an unacceptable wait of over 6 months.


30th August, 2003


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13
ECRE Management Committee to Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission

Calling attentio to Mr. Prodi's failure to reply to letter of 14th May 2003. Pointing out discriminatory nature of Mr. Prodi's and other Commission employee failures to act.
11th August, 2003


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12
European Ombudsman



Reply by the Ombudsman to request for reconsideration and declining with administrative justificationthe.

21st July, 2003


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11
ECRE Management Committee to The European Ombudsman

Reply to Ombudsman pointing out misinterpretations on his part and requesting that he proceeds with an inquiry.
3rd July, 2003


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10
European Ombudsman



Reply by the Ombudsman to the ECRE Complaint declining to proceed with inquiry.

26th June, 2003

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9
European Ombudsman





Interim administrative reply from European Ombudsman concerning registration and status of Complaint about MalAdministration at European Commission on the subject of human rights abuse of children in Central Europe.
4th June, 2003



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8
ECRE Management Committee to The European Ombudsman


Complaint about MalAdministration at European Commission on the subject of human rights abuse of children in Central Europe.

28th May, 2003


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7
ECRE Management Committee to Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission

Unacceptable situation of Roma children in Special schools in the Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia; request that the European Commission to be more proactive to solve this issue.
15th May, 2003


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Petitions Committee to ECRE Management Committee



Achnowledging receipt of the Petition requesting review of situation of Roma children forced into Arpatheid schools in exchange for cash from central governments in the Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia.
13 March, 2003



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5
ECRE Management Committee to Petitions Committee of the European Parliament

Requesting review of situation of Roma children forced into Arpatheid schools in exchange for cash from central governments in the Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia.
26 February, 2003

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4
No reply received

Delay in reply is now 3 years

30th April, 2003
  
3
Directorate-ADF to Gunter Verheugen, Commissioner at the EU Commission & responsible for enlargement; copied to M.Courbet & L. Smith of Manageemnt Committee of ECRE.

Reply to Gunter Verheugen (1) asking questions on points in reply, (2) explaining the coming failure of Commission to support Roma within programmes mentioned by Commissioner Verheugen, and, (3) requesting document which was stated to be attached but which was not.
15th February, 2000





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Gunter Verheugen to Directorate-ADF

Reply to Directorate-ADF communication of 30th November 1999.
22nd December, 1999
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Directorate-ADF to Gunter Verheugen, Commissioner at the EU Commission & responsible for enlargement; copied to Commissioners Kinnock & Patten
Unacceptable situation of Roma children in Special schools in the Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia; request that the European Commission to be more proactive to solve this and several other issues.

30th November, 1999



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