EU Economics

Germany tries to seize BILLIONS in EU cash from Romania and Bulgaria to use ITSELF

GERMANY is trying to seize billions of pounds from Romania and Bulgaria meant for the Roma community after claiming they do not use it.

Roma GermanyGetty             Funds for the Roma community in Bulgaria and Romani should go to Germany, Joachim Stamp said

Joachim Stamp, integration minister for Germany‘s largest state, North Rhine Westphalia, said he finds it “extremely annoying” the two eastern European countries refuse to use funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) for its proper use.

Both EU member states receive funding worth millions of pounds every year to help their Roma communities, which is the largest minority group in the bloc with more than 10million living in Europe.

Bulgaria, which has 750,000 Roma – or 9.94 per cent of the population – was allocated £6.5billion from 2014-2020, with £4.6bn coming from the ESF.

Romania was handed £20.7bn, with £14.4bn from the ESF, in the same period to help its more than 1.1million-strong Roma population, which represented more than five per cent of the country’s overall population.

These funds should be made available to cities like Dortmund and Duisburg. In Bulgaria, the Roma are not accepted at all

Joachim Stamp

Mr Stamp said Romania and Bulgaria refuse to use the money for Romas so the cash should be re-distributed to the Ruhr region. The area, in eastern North-Rhine Westphalia, is the largest urban area in Germany and the third-largest in the EU.

Its two main cities, Dortmund and Duisburg, are home to a large number of immigrants from the two countries.

“In Bulgaria, the Roma are not accepted at all.

“They are treated as fifth-class citizens. Education of children is not guaranteed there.

“Bulgaria needs to understand that if they continue to allow for this lack of education, the problem will continue growing.”

Roma RomaniaGetty            Romania has £20.7bn to help its Roma community from 2014-2020

Joachim StampGetty             Joachim Stamp said Romania and Bulgaria should hand their EU money to Germany for their Romas

During the previous funding period, from 2007-2013, Romania failed to use even a fifth of its total £17.8bn EU contribution towards helping the Roma community.

The EU uses the term ‘Roma’ as an umbrella term which also includes groups who have similar cultural characteristics, such as Travellers, Gypsies and the Sinti.

Funding is handed to each country based on its Roma population, but each government has the responsibility to spend the money on specific issues such as promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty.

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Clive Taylor-Sholl

Words fail me, my utter contempt for Merkel and her corrupt Germany beggars belief. We MUST walk away from these farcical negotiations and return our Country to British Rule, British Laws and Control of our Borders. Britain is paying around £11 billion net into the EU budget, the equivalent of a 5% tariff on £223 bn of UK goods exported to the single market. That is all to avoid a 3 to 4% tariff, while continuing to pay through the nose for imported goods. There is clearly no economic case to continue with that, when prices paid by UK consumers… Read more »

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