Labor Market Opening to Bulgarians, Romanians Absurd - Far-Right Le Pen

Bulgaria in EU | January 2, 2014, Thursday // 12:48|  views

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, photo by the European Pressphoto Agency

The French far-right National Front party called the opening of EU's labor markets to Romanians and Bulgarians "absurd".

"The opening of the labor markets for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens is absurd in times of complete economic crisis and a period of mass unemployment", said the party of Marine Le Pen in a press release published by French Liberation Daily.

"Along with the outdated Posted Workers EU directive, the full opening of labor markets will further reinforce the unfair competition, whose victims were the workers and the small and medium-sized businesses", Le Pen continued.

"In addition, this reform will be interpreted in Romania and Bulgaria as a signal for further immigration to Western Europe and in particular to France", the National Front argued.

The nationalist party claimed that the situation should be changed respectively by the "removal of the Posted Workers Directive and the rapid reintroduction of border control."

"The issue of our membership in the EU should be subject to consultation with the French citizens", the press release of the National Front concludes.

As of 1 January, Romanians and Bulgarians have received the right to work freely across the EU, seven years after joining the bloc. The change has prompted some fears of mass-migration, particularly from Britain and Germany.

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Tags: Bulgaria, Romania, immigration, labor market, Marine Le Pen, National Front


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