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26 March 2009

Free movement of workers is good for Europe's economy

According to a report published by the European Commission on 18 November 2008, mobile workers from countries that joined the EU in 2004 (ten Central and Eastern European states) and in 2007 (Bulgaria and Romania) had a positive impact on the economy of receiving Member States such as the UK, Sweden and Ireland. The report found that mobile workers from these 12 countries have made a significant contribution to sustained economic growth over the past years by addressing labour market shortages. Given the evidence presented in the report, Vladimir Špidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, called on all Member States to open their labour markets to the new EU members: "Lifting restrictions now would not only make economic sense but would also help reduce problems such as undeclared work and bogus selfemployment", the Commissioner said.
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