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Spain opening labour market to EU newcomers

SPAIN will open its labour market to EU newcomers as of May 1. The country plans this step along with another four to six older members of the EU, said Slovakia's Deputy PM for EU affairs, Pál Csáky, following a meeting with Spanish Foreign Secretary Alberto Navarro. Csáky hopes that Spain's move might inspire other EU members to consider opening their labour markets as well. Navarro said that the Spanish government had taken the decision because it had found no threat of mass migration from Central Europe. Only two percent of Spain's labour force comprises citizens of the new EU member countries. Moreover, a recent report by EU Commissioner Vladimír Špidla showed that older EU countries' concerns that workers from new member countries would flood their labour markets were unfounded, the SITA news agency wrote. Finland has already liberalized its labour market but Germany and Austria, who pushed in 2004 for a seven-year delay in allowing the free movement of migrant labour, have refused to follow its example.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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