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"I welcome the initiative from the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, requesting the European Union for official recognition of the genocide committed by the Nazis and their allies against the Roma population during the Second World War because it marks a step forward in the battle to defend the rights of the most widespread ethnic minority in Europe. Tens of thousands of members of the Roma population were subjected to torture or murdered in the Occupied Eastern Territories and thousands more died in the Nazi regime’s concentration camps. The historian Michael Billig summarises the principle of the racial superiority doctrine in the following statement: ‘A man is not killed for what he does, but for what he is’. This phrase can be used to sum up the sad reality of a time when more than a million Roma were oppressed and deprived of any freedoms, including freedom to procreate. I think that we need specific EU-level measures to combat racism and fight against social exclusion. I advocate that we need better cooperation and an exchange of good practices at EU level between national and European Roma inclusion strategies."@en1

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