Romanian UN Ambassador and Human Rights President Doru Costea, who lives in Geneva, declares himself bothered by co-nationals who beg on the streets of the city. In an interview published in the electronic edition of Le Matin on Sunday, the ambassador said that the Romanian beggars issue will only be solved through a coordinated public action of all European states.
He argues that the beggars represent a European problem, and not Romania's own issue.
His interview comes after Switzerland announced plans to put an end to begging on Swiss city streets.
The Swiss government proposed an action plan that should have been applied by the end of this summer. According to the police, three thirds of the beggars come from Romania while the rest from Slovakia, Switzerland, France and Hungary.