Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000323/2011

Texts tabled :

O-000323/2011 (B7-0674/2011)

Debates :

PV 14/12/2011 - 20
CRE 14/12/2011 - 20

Votes :

OJ 15/12/2011 - 151

Texts adopted :


Parliamentary questions
7 December 2011
O-000323/2011
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 115
Stephen Hughes, Rovana Plumb, Hannes Swoboda, on behalf of the S&D Group

 Subject: Restrictions on free movement of workers
 Answer 

Currently, certain EU Member States impose labour restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens. At the end of 2011 the second stage of the transitional period for the two countries expires. From 2011 onwards, in order for a Member State to decide to extend the measures for two more years, it must provide evidence of serious disturbances in its labour market.

For the only two countries that still face transitional barriers within the EU the data shows that: at the end of 2010, Romanian and Bulgarian nationals residing in the EU-25 represent 0.6% of the EU’s total population.

Could the Commission provide a clear definition as to what the term ‘severe disturbances in labour markets’ implies?

Could the Commission draw up and present a clear evaluation of the methodology that Member States have to use in order to prove that severe disturbances in their labour markets are caused by an influx of Romanian and Bulgarian workers?

Does the Commission intend to analyse and further develop an impact assessment regarding the working and living conditions of the regulated and/or ‘irregular’ labour force originating from Romania and Bulgaria in the other EU Member States?

One of the main sources of social dumping nowadays is abuse of the Posted Workers Directive by companies with mafia practices which mainly employ Romanian and Bulgarian workers because of their weaker position and then exploit them using that legal framework. With this in mind, does the Commission intend to do anything to protect these workers and stop social dumping in ways that do not allow Member States to make the workers themselves illegal rather than outlawing the exploitation of those workers by certain mafia companies operating at EU level?

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