President Basescu, Commissioner Barnier discuss persisting EU work restrictions for Romanians


President Traian Basescu received European Commissioner for the internal market and services Michel Barnier at the Presidential Palace, on which occasion he stressed that the decision of some member states to maintain work restrictions on Romanians until the end of next year is a hindrance to the internal market’s development to full potential.

The Presidential Administration said in a release that during the meeting, the sides discussed ways to deepen the Single Market and its impact on the European Union’s economic growth.

„Mr. President Traian Basescu reiterated Romania’s support towards the objective of strengthening and fulfilling the Single Market, one of the Union’s most important competitive advantages globally, and welcomed the Commission’s efforts to further this process by adopting the Single Market Act II. At the same time, the head of the state mentioned in this context that it is important that the Commission’s efforts also focus on the observance of the fundamental principle of free movement, as worker mobility is one of the main resources of the domestic market. Mr. President Traian Basescu revealed that the decision of some member states to maintain employment restrictions for Romanian citizens until the end of next year is a hindrance to the full capitalization on the potential of the internal market,” reads the release.

In turn, European Commissioner Barnier highlighted the need for further efforts to complete negotiations on outstanding proposals of the Single Market Act I.

„As concerns the Single Market Act II, Mr. Commissioner Michel Barnier mentioned that this represents a second set of priority actions dedicated to the domestic market the Commission considers capable of generating real positive effects in the economy and to increase the confidence of the citizens and the business environment in the Single Market and the benefits it can generate,” the Presidential Administration informs.

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