Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel's proposal to open the Austrian labour market for nurses from the country's eastern neighbouring states has brought him into conflict with the Social Democrats and sections of his own party.
In a move to curb labour shortages in a number of sectors, Poland has scrapped work permits for highly skilled workers in those sectors, as well as for farm hands from the country's eastern neighbours.
The Commission and the Committee of Regions have teamed up to highlight their activities concerning a number of challenges EU economies are facing, such as workers' mobility, restructuring and action at the regional level.
In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Vladimír Špidla comments on the European Year of Workers' Mobility and the challenge of pitching the benefits of mobility to the peoples of Europe.
Decent preparation, guidance during and reintegration after training stays abroad are the subject of a recommendation on the European Quality Charter for Mobility adopted by the Education and Culture Council.
In an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia, Employment Commissioner Spidla says that he sees no sign of barriers against Bulgarian and Romanian workers being erected in the existing East-Central European member states