Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bulgaria questions Cameron’s plan to limit EU migrant rights in UK

Some of the amendments proposed by UK prime minister David Cameron to the free movement of labour force raise questions about their compatibility with the principle of non-discrimination between EU citizens, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said.
Cameron unveiled on Novemer 28 a package of proposals including plans to stop EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits, get access to social housing for four years and stop citizens from new EU entrants working in the UK until “their economies have converged more closely”, Bulgarian news agency BTA reported.

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said that the same day, Mitov had spoken by phone with UK Europe minister David Lidington about the plans presented by the UK for legislative amendments and administrative measures concerning various rights of EU citizens.

“Though understanding the internal political situation in the UK, 
Bulgaria supports the position, expressed also by the European Commission, that the right to free movement is one of the most important individual rights of EU
 citizens and one of the Union’s founding principles,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Existing EU 
legislation provides sufficient mechanisms to curb fraud and
 abuse of the right to free movement, the ministry said.

Bulgaria has repeatedly expressed its willingness for a more active exchange and co-operation with the UK to prevent attempts to abuse of the social welfare system, which undermines the right to free movement, the Foreign Ministry said.

A letter has been signed between the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the 
Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Bulgaria and the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 
co-operation in the field of crossborder employment, service provision and enforcement of social security regulations.

  • “Some of today’s proposed amendments to the free movement of labour force raise certain questions as to their compatibility with the principle of non-discrimination between EU citizens.

“At the same time we understand that they are to be translated into concrete legislative and administrative measures and more accurate assessment of their compatibility with EU law will only be possible at this stage.”

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said that work force mobility has contributed 
greatly to the EU’s economic development.............................




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