Eased entry for new EU workers from June

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20 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Workers from the new EU member states will be able to more quickly gain a work permit in Belgium from 1 June for professions where a labour shortage exists.

20 April 2006

BRUSSELS — Workers from the new EU member states will be able to more quickly gain a work permit in Belgium from 1 June for professions where a labour shortage exists.

Flemish Employment Minister Frank Vandenbroucke has identified 113 professions for which workers from the new EU states should gain an accelerated work permit.

The Brussels government has also drawn up a list of problematic professions.

The federal government decided in February to maintain transitional restrictions on workers from the new EU states for a maximum of three years, but also agreed to open up various sectors where a shortage of workers exists.

It is gathering together the lists of professions supplied by the three regional governments and will issue accelerated work permits to workers from the new EU states who wish to fill the chronic vacancies.

In Flanders, for example, these jobs include farm and market garden workers, bricklayers, carpenters, road workers, bakers, butchers and truck drivers.

But the list will also include higher-educated professions such as nurses, various engineers, accountants and pharmacy assistants.

Minister Vandenbroucke compiled the Flemish list in consultation with unions and employers, broadcaster VRT reported on Thursday.

While both the Brussels and Flemish governments have presented their lists to the federal government, Wallonia has not yet finalised its requests.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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