UK Embassy Confirms No Curb on Bulgaria, Romania Migrants

Bulgaria in EU | October 9, 2012, Tuesday // 20:48|  views

The British government has no intentions of limiting the access of Bulgarians and Romanians to the country, according to the UK embassy in Sofia's temporary director Catherine Barber.

Tuesday Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Naydenov talked to Barber regarding the matter, and said the interim head of mission confirmed that UK Home Secretary Theresa May had not mentioned the two countries in her recent statement.

The UK minister had told The Sunday Times that the EU's freedom of movement directive, which guarantees the right of its 500 million citizens to travel freely within the EU, should be reviewed.

European Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd reacted by saying that such topics are normal for British political discourse, but that no formal request for revision has been tabled by the UK.

"A position as the one voiced by Secretary May does not correspond to the UK's government stated will to boost growth in the EU by reinforcing the common market," stated vice-minister Naydenov Tuesday.

"What is more, any meniton of Bulgaria and Romania in this context would have been inadmissible, as it would be a sign of inequality amongst EU member states," added he.

Bulgaria's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov had stated Monday that he sees no possibility for the UK to reinstate visas for Bulgarian citizens.

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