The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) welcomes the judgment of the Constanţa Court of Appeal in southern Romania which found that the Tulcea municipality is liable for inadequate housing conditions it had provided to a previously evicted Romani community. The court awarded financial compensation to the plaintiffs for the moral damage they suffered. The ERRC supported the evicted Romani community in taking the case before the national courts.
On 11 October 2006 approximately 110 Romani people were evicted from a building they had occupied for approximately seven years. Some were relocated by the municipality to the abandoned buildings of a former military garrison, well outside the city, near the industrial port. Others were left homeless for more than a month in extreme weather conditions, before the municipality provided them with mobile homes placed on the former municipal garbage dump at Urzicii Street. Both locations are extremely overcrowded and lack basic sanitary facilities.