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Parliamentary questions
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29 August 2013
Question for written answer E-009726-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Ryszard Antoni Legutko (ECR)

 Subject:  Discrimination against Poles on EU labour market
 Answer in writing 

Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union establishes a number of fundamental freedoms, including freedom of movement for persons. Those provisions are supplemented by the directive on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States.

This fundamental right is, regrettably, increasingly being undermined by national politicians. For example, on a proposal from the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, a summit is to be held on 9 September 2013 to look for ways of restricting access to the Dutch labour market for EU citizens from eastern Member States.

Institutionalised discrimination of this kind is not the sole preserve of the Dutch Labour Party, however. Similar behaviour, indicative of a negative attitude to Polish citizens, has also been shown by the UK Labour Party, which sparked off a controversy in the country in early August when politicians from the party criticised large British retailers for taking on 800 Polish workers.

In view of the above, how does the Commission intend to uphold Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 179, 12/06/2014
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