On 16 July 2008 the German Government decided that the German labour market would remain closed to workers from the new Member States for a further two years (until the end of April 2011), even though the unemployment rate in June 2008 was just 7.5%. In the justification of that decision for the Commission, the unfolding economic crisis was mentioned as the main reason, although the crisis is affecting not just the German economy but the economies of all EU Member States.
Does the Commission consider this justification to be convincing and properly substantiated?
(EN) The Commission is aware of the German Government's decision to extend the restrictions on EU-8 workers' access to its labour market until 2011.
According to the Accession Treaty, a Member State that wants to continue to maintain labour market restrictions during the period 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2011 can only do so if it notifies the Commission before 1 May 2009 of a serious disturbance of its labour market, or threat thereof. The Commission, in its role as guardian of the Treaties, reserves the right to take the appropriate course of action once it receives and reviews the German notification.