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Belgium to continue applying restrictions on Bulgarian, Romanian workers until 2013

Belgium is the third country, which has notified the European Commission in writing that it will continue applying hiring restrictions

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20-12-2011 06:48:00
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Belgium will continue restrictions on hiring Bulgarians and Romanians on its labour market, because its neighbouring countries decided to do so as well, Belgian Minister of Employment, Monica De Coninck said, cited by the "La Derniere Heure" newspaper Saturday.


On Friday night the Belgian Federal Government decided to continue the restrictions , which would prevent Bulgarian and Romanian nationals from being hired in Belgium without special permits. According to the publication, the deadline is being extended for the last time, although it is not clarified that according to the Accession Treaties this is the last time an extension of restrictions can be applied for a two-year period until December 31, 2013.


The decision has to be approved by Royal Decree in order to become effective. The procedure for hiring candidates in sectors with a shortage of personnel will be simplified. The Minister said that there are too many candidates on the unskilled labour market. Coninck expressed concerns that if Belgium opens its labour market, it will be flooded by candidates, since its neighbouring countries have opted to keep theirs closed for now.


Belgium is the third country, which has notified the European Commission in writing that it will continue applying hiring restrictions. Ireland and Britain have done the same in the past few days. The remaining seven EU Member States who still restrict access to their labour markets have until December 31, 2011 to notify the Commission of a "serious threat" to their labour markets if they plan on prolonging the temporary ban for two more years.



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