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13 October 2005


for Question Time at the part-session in November 2005

pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure

by Joachim Wuermeling

to the Commission

  Subject: Freedom of movement for workers

 Answer in plenary 

At the end of September, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimír Špidla, spoke on the subject of freedom of movement for workers at a meeting with social partners. Reports suggest that the Commission intends to lift the restriction on jobseekers from Eastern Europe as soon as possible.


However, the extremely high pay gap in the regions bordering the new Member States means that a delay in allowing the free movement of workers and services is of the utmost importance.


Does the Commission already have a firm plan to lift the restrictions for jobseekers from Eastern Europe? If so, how and when will this take place?



Tabled: 13.10.2005


Original language of question: DE 
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