BBC: 2014 Special New Year for Bulgarians, Romanians

Bulgaria in EU | January 1, 2014, Wednesday // 10:45|  views

Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria can work without restrictions across the European Union from Wednesday. Photo by BBC

It's a special new year for Romanians and Bulgarians, finally gaining equal rights to work freely across the EU seven years after their accession, Mark Lowen, BBC News correspondent, commented from Bucharest.

No extra flights have been planned from Bucharest but one coach company has tripled services to London, his check has shown.

“Many here talk of their hopes of a better life with higher salaries - but nobody knows quite how many will finally leave,“ Mark Lowen reported.

In his words Britons fear large numbers will come, since a decade ago the government expected 15,000 per year from Eastern Europe but a million and a half came.

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