EP calls EU members to open labour markets for Bulgarians and Romanians.

By bne IntelliNews December 16, 2011
The European Parliament (EP) approved a resolution inviting all EU member states to open their labour markets for Bulgarians and Romanians by the end of this year, the institution informs on its website. EP explains that it sees no real economic justifications for restricting the right of the citizens of the two countries to work and reside in any of the other EU member countries. The member states, which have allowed workers from the new member states, have not reported negative effects on their labour markets. The Parliament comments that according to Eurostat data Bulgarian and Romanian workers abroad (0.6% of the EU population at end-2010) have not impacted significantly the wages and the unemployment rates in host countries. The countries, which still restrict the access of Bulgarian and Romanian workers to their labour markets are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg Malta, the Netherlands and UK.

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