Brussels to look into Romanian seasonal work permit ban

The European Commission is to investigate plans by the Dutch government to stop giving work permits to Romanian and Bulgarian nationals to make sure they don’t conflict with EU rules, Trouw reports on Thursday.

The paper says a commission spokesman told Bulgarian radio that the proposals would be looked at in the light of free movement regulations. Although Romania and Bulgaria are members of the EU, member states can impose limits on their nationals up to 2014.
MPs are debating social affairs minister Henk Kamp’s decision to stop giving permits to seasonal farm workers from the two countries later on Thursday. Farming organisations are also going to court in an effort to have the ban, due to come into effect on July 1, overturned.
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