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Economy & Jobs 04-12-2017

Legislators weigh options to enforce growing number of EU labour rules

A recent uptick in EU legislation on social issues has sparked disagreement between member states on controversial files to regulate labour rules across the bloc. Now legislators are trying to hammer out a way to enforce the growing number of rules.

Brexit 29-11-2017

Brits pine for the fjords as Brexit looms

A lack of clarity on citizens' rights in the ongoing Brexit negotiations is pushing more and more British people into exploring alternative forms of citizenship. Sweden has now reported record numbers of 'Brexiles' applying for passports.

Brexit 06-09-2017

UK proposes to end free movement of labour after Brexit

Britain will end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and introduce measures to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants, a leaked government document published by the Guardian on Tuesday (5 September).

Economy & Jobs 29-06-2017

Bern demands progress in Swiss-EU talks

Several political and economic issues remain open in neutral Switzerland's talks on future ties with the European Union, the Bern government said on Wednesday (28 June), linking progress in negotiations to whether it continues to pay into the EU budget.

Britain and EU clash as May outlines Brexit proposals for Europeans

London and Brussels clashed yesterday (26 June) over future residency rights for millions of Europeans as Britain outlined post-Brexit proposals that included a special new status for EU immigrants.

Switzerland to limit Romanian, Bulgarian workers

Switzerland will curb Bulgarian and Romanian citizens' access to its labour market for the next 12 months, the government said yesterday (10 May), amid increased migration from those countries after limits were lifted last June.

Brexit 20-04-2017

Juncker, Barnier to meet Theresa May ahead of Brexit summit

EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will hold talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London next Wednesday (26 April), a spokeswoman said.

ECAS: National administrations ‘lack EU spirit’

A “negative attitude” and a “lack of EU spirit” for solving issues such as issuing residence permits and claiming pensions was decried by representatives of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) at a public event on Wednesday (12 April).

Northern Ireland power-sharing talks on hold in political spat

Talks on forming a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland broke up for the Easter holiday yesterday (12 April), six weeks into bitter negotiations which have failed to resolve the deadlock.

Europeans in UK fear Brexit

Millions of Europeans living in the United Kingdom are experiencing uncertainty due to its decision to leave the EU. EURACTIV Czech Republic’s partner Aktuálně reports.

EU expats facing ‘outrageous’ UK bureaucracy to confirm residence

The European Union should tell London to cut red tape that makes it hard for EU expats to confirm their residence in Britain, senior EU officials said after a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (11 April) to prepare for Brexit talks.

Brexit 22-02-2017

Brexit minister: London won’t bribe Eastern Europe to get a better deal

Britain's "Brexit" minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels.

Elections 21-02-2017

Austria to reward companies for hiring locals

Austria's coalition government approved new employment rules today (21 February) to ensure workers already in the country are given priority for new jobs over potential immigrants from other EU states in an attempt to halt an increase in unemployment.

Brexit 16-01-2017

As London softens on pace of Brexit, Brussels appears to harden

Just as London appears to be coming round to the idea that it will need a temporary transitional agreement with Brussels to smooth its exit from the European Union, it may find the position of European leaders has hardened.

Brexit 12-01-2017

UK studying annual levy on skilled EU workers, minister says

Britain is considering introducing an annual 1,000-pound (€1,152) "immigration skills charge" after Brexit on every skilled worker from an EU member state recruited by a British employer, a junior minister said yesterday (11 January).

Global Europe 23-12-2016

Juncker hails progress in EU-Swiss relations after immigration law

The European Commission on Thursday (22 December) welcomed progress in relations between the EU and Switzerland after Bern avoided a clash with Brussels by passing an immigration law that does not impose outright quotas.

Swiss parliament errs on side of caution in EU immigration dispute

Switzerland approved a law today (16 December) aimed at curbing immigration by giving local people the first crack at open jobs, skirting voter demands for outright quotas that the country's lawmakers feared could disrupt close ties with the European Union.

Brexit 30-11-2016

Tusk rebuffs call to start Brexit talks on expat rights

The EU rebuffed a call from pro-Brexit British MPs for a quick deal on mutual residence rights for British and EU expatriates, telling them yesterday (29 November) it was up to their government to launch full-blown divorce talks.

Brexit 16-11-2016

Johnson: UK can leave EU customs union and maintain free trade at the same time

Britain may have to leave the European Union's customs union when it quits the EU but it can maintain free trade with the bloc, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quoted as saying yesterday (15 November).

Global Europe 03-11-2016

Merkel: No link between Swiss-EU deal and Brexit talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (2 November) that European Union talks with Switzerland on the free movement of people should not be linked in any way to the negotiations with Britain over its exit from the EU.

Brexit 21-10-2016

Brexit can be the rallying call for a Europe at its lowest ebb

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU has caused its continental partners to close ranks; the unexpected result of the Brexit vote is a rallying point that Europe can use to offset their other differences, writes José Manuel Sanz.

Brexit 19-10-2016

Romania’s financial contribution to UK healthcare highlighted

Romania makes a significant financial contribution to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), the Eastern European country’s ambassador told a House of Lords committee on Monday (17 October). EURACTIV Romania reports.

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU immigrants

The German government yesterday (12 October) approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.

Brexit 13-10-2016

Gibraltar wants special arrangement in Brexit treaty

Although Article 50, launching the Brexit procedure, is yet to be triggered, Gibraltar has already embarked on an effort to convince the EU that the territory needs a special arrangement in the EU-UK divorce deal.