EC Says It Can't Police Dutch Xenophobic Website

Bulgaria in EU | February 14, 2012, Tuesday // 16:40|  views

EC spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen. File photo

The European Commission has advised those affected by the notorious website created by the Dutch populist Freedom Party to turn to Dutch courts or Strasbourg.

The anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV) launched the website last week to collect complaints about Eastern Europeans from among the Dutch population.

The European Commission is not a gendarme for preserving rights, EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding's spokesman Matthew Newman has commented, as cited by Bulgarian media.

"Each country is responsible for observing the European legislation and the Commission follows that, but in this case we cannot establish that there has been a violation and launch a sanction procedure," he has added, commenting on whether the website in question violates the European Union Directive for Combating Racism and Xenophobia.

EC spokesperson Pia Hansen has said she has no information of a potential conversation between Dutch Prime Minister Mart Rutte and EC President Jose Manuel Barroso concerning the controversial website.

On Monday, the ambassadors of 10 Central and Eastern European countries, Bulgaria included, sent an open letter to political party leaders in the Netherlands protesting against the xenophobic website.

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Tags: European Commission, website, xenophobic, Freedom Party, Dutch


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