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Hungarian coalition party against plan to limit Romanian, Bulgarian workers after EU entry

Hungarian coalition party against plan to limit Romanian, Bulgarian workers after EU entry

The smaller party in Hungary's ruling coalition on Wednesday protested the Socialist-led government plans to place limits on workers from Romania and Bulgaria after the two countries join the European Union.
The Alliance of Free Democrats said it was unacceptable for Hungary to impose the same sort of "populist" restrictions used against Hungary by Western EU states.
Hungary and nine other countries became EU members in May 2004, while Bulgaria and Romania are expected to join in January.
"If Hungary also restricts the free movement of labor, it loses every argument, every moral right used against 'old' EU countries in the interests of Hungarian workers," Free Democrat parliamentary deputy Matyas Eorsi said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Labor Minister Peter Kiss said Hungary planned to impose the restrictive measures for at least two years, allowing for some flexibility in different sectors of the economy.
Eorsi said the move also would hurt the sizable Hungarian minorities in neighboring countries, as well as hinder Hungary's economic competitiveness. Some 1.4 million ethnic Hungarians live in Romania.
Hungary currently applies reciprocal restrictions on those EU countries which limit Hungarians' access to their job markets.


Updated : 2021-10-22 12:32 GMT+08:00