About: free movement of workers

Agrifood 01-09-2021

UK government banks on domestic workforce as struggling food sector calls for new visas

The UK food sector has called for a new COVID-19 recovery visa to address workforce shortages, but the government has been non-committal, stressing instead it aims not to rely on labour from abroad.
Agrifood 17-04-2020

EU Commission urged to protect agri-food workers

Mounting concerns for the health of workers in the agri-food sector have prompted stakeholders to call for stronger measures for their protection.
Economy & Jobs 30-05-2018

European Parliament votes in favour of the revision on posted workers

After 27 months of negotiations, MEPs approved a revision of the posted workers directive, an issue which symbolises divisions between East and West in the EU. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Railways 23-02-2018

‘Don’t forget rail’ in Brexit talks, urge UK industry leaders

The European rail network ferries millions of us to and from work every day. Yet rail representatives felt compelled to plead 'don't forget rail' in Brussels this week, saying it was at the bottom of all priority lists despite growing concerns over the expected impact of Brexit.
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).
Brexit 24-08-2017

Report: EU worker exodus threatens UK food industry

Nearly half of the businesses operating in Britain's food supply chain say European Union workers are thinking about leaving because of uncertainty around Brexit, an industry survey reported on Thursday (24 August).
Future EU 24-05-2017

Brussels diaspora wants a say in defining Romanian Presidency priorities

The 2,500-strong Romanian diaspora in the Brussels bubble should play a role in defining the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, which will start on 1 January 2019, a group representing the expats has proposed.
Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

Nobel economics prize winner: ‘The euro was a mistake’

The European Union should embark on a process of decentralisation and return certain areas of decision making to the member states if it wants to survive and thrive, according to Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner Oliver Hart. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Parliament paves way for posted workers reform

MEPs yesterday (14 September) adopted a report on the highly controversial subject of social dumping, bringing the EU one step closer to revising the Posting of Workers Directive, despite vigorous opposition in the East. EURACTIV France reports.

Merkel freezes Germany’s debate over new immigration law

Germany’s Social Democratic Party is calling for an immigration law that would control the influx of workers from non-EU countries with the help of a point system, similar to that in Canada, but Chancellor Angela Merkel is cutting the debate short, saying the refugee issue is more urgent. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Juncker tells Britain to ease up on migrants

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain not to discriminate against workers from fellow EU countries and said any moves to restrict the free movement of people could ultimately harm capital flows into London's financial centre.

EU relations to be put to Swiss voters again, president says

Swiss voters will have another say on relations with the European Union, Switzerland's president said on Thursday, after valuable trade treaties with the bloc were put in jeopardy by a February referendum to curb immigration.
Brexit 30-07-2014

Farage blasts Cameron’s benefits cuts for EU migrants

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has slammed David Cameron’s plans to slash the benefits of EU migrants because, to comply with European law, they must also hit UK citizens.  
Brexit 10-07-2014

Farage told free movement of workers in EU is non-negotiable

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker told UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage last night (10 July) the free movement of workers in the EU was a non-negotiable fundamental right but added he did not believe in a “United States of Europe”.

Netherlands curbs Bulgarian, Romanian workers

As of 1 July, Bulgarians and Romanians as well as foreigners from outside the EU will only be granted a work permit in the Netherlands under "exceptional cases," the Dutch press reported on Tuesday (12 April).

European social model challenged by Court rulings

European Court of Justice rulings in the Laval and Viking cases represent a "danger" for social Europe and open the door to "wage dumping" in the EU, leftist members of Parliament said, while business representatives argued the judgements were crucial to preserving freedom of movement and establishment throughout the bloc.

Eastward Schengen expansion to have ‘minimal’ impact on France

The extension of the Schengen zone to include the newest EU members from Central and Eastern Europe has not revived fears of a renewed influx of "Polish plumbers" in France, EURACTIV France reports.

Netherlands opens up to east-European workers

The Netherlands is to open its borders to workers from Poland and other central European states that joined the EU in 2004, but leave Bulgarian and Romanian workers outside.

UK split on costs and benefits of immigration

A recent study by a migration NGO has stirred up the debate on the economic effects of labour migration from eastern Europe suggesting that gains were only marginal. But the UK government and industry federations disagree with the finding.

Mobility conference highlights deficits and progress

At the closing conference of the European Year for Workers' Mobility, the Commission EU mobility actors took a positive outlook but stressed that, under EU Treaties, this fundamental freedom of movement is still not commonplace.

Czechs and French open doors to Bulgarian, Romanian workers

France and the Czech Republic have decided to open their borders to Romanian and Bulgarian workers, with France restricting job seekers to those sectors that were already opened to workers from the countries that joined the EU in 2004.

Administrations identified as main obstacles to mobility

Existing EU law intended to facilitate the mobility of labour and the free circulation of people in Europe is not being applied by local, regional, national and even EU authorities, citizens at a forum in Brussels found.

‘Enlargement beneficial to UK economy’

A UK parliament report argues that the country's economy has benefited from the UK open-door policy towards EU-10 migrant workers in 2004 and calls on EU politicians to engage the public on benefits of EU expansion.

Italy to allow Romanians, with crime-fight caveat

Italy may open its labour market to workers from Romania if Bucharest agrees to co-operate on combating organised crime. Different conditions may apply to Bulgarian workers.