Laszlo Andor: Restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians cannot extend after January 1, 2014

European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor in The Hague, assured again that there was no possibility to extend any restriction for Romanians and Bulgarians after January 1, 2014.

In an interview to Radio Romania Laszlo Andor recommends the countries that had fears or reserve to rather consider the advantages brought by the European mobility of the workforce.

‘I think that the experience of the past few years gives us the possibility to make enough concrete assessments – as when the labour market was opened in the countries that were older EU members, like for instance in Germany, in 2004, or in Austria, two years ago, there was no question of any important large number of people coming from the so-called group UE8, to which Poland, the Czech Republic and other countries belonged. So we now believe that Great Britain, the Netherlands or other member states should not expect any imbalance created by a very large number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers. Of course, it is their right to examine the situation if the citizens are worried, but the governments must explain to them that there are some rules applying to everybody and they must also explain to them that it is a situation beneficent for all,’ said the European Commissioner.

In his opinion, the fears of some EU member states that currently impose restrictions to Romanians and Bulgarians on the labour market are exaggerated. The transitory measures will irrevocably come to an end on December 31, 2013. At present nine EU member states (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Malta, France, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain) are placing restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian citizens’ access to the labour market.

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