Door opens for workers from new EU states
7 December 2005, BRUSSELS — The federal government has asked the High Council for Employment to investigate the impact on employment levels if Belgium were to open up its borders to workers from the 10 new EU member states.
7 December 2005
BRUSSELS — The federal government has asked the High Council for Employment to investigate the impact on employment levels if Belgium were to open up its borders to workers from the 10 new EU member states.
Belgium must make a decision about any possible change to the transition regulations imposed on workers from the 10 new EU states by 1 May 2006, a press release from Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said on Wednesday.
Employment Minister Peter Van Velthoven — who is also the chairman of the High Council — will enlist the services of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) and the Federal Planning Bureau for to carry out the inquiries.
The study will examine the impact on the Belgian labour market, economic competitiveness and the aging population if the government was to allow the free entry of workers from the new EU states.
It will examine the impact of not extending the restrictive transition phase, the current situation of workers from 10 new states in the Belgian jobs market, the impact on illegal employment and the need for a supervisory system to prevent fraud.
The council's study will also examine the possibilities of ensuring greater adherence to Belgian labour and social laws in future.
The study must be completed by mid-February and it must take into account the European Commission report to be released in January. Unions and employers will need to respond by mid-March.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news