CDU leader urges a closed job market

6th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Berlin (dpa) - Germany should keep its labour market closed to workers from the Eastern European states that joined the European Union in 2004 until 2011, the head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said Monday.

Berlin (dpa) - Germany should keep its labour market closed to workers from the Eastern European states that joined the European Union in 2004 until 2011, the head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said Monday.

CDU General Secretary Ronald Pofalla rejected opening the German labour market to Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenes and citizens of the Baltic states in 2009, when the current German restrictions expire.

Under EU rules, member states can apply for an extension to 2011.

"We are in favour of opening up only in 2011," Pofalla told national public television.

Germany's own long-term jobless should receive priority, he said.

Unemployment is falling in Germany, and certain sectors are experiencing a skills shortage.

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has called for the government to open up the labour market before the 2009 limit expires.

Britain, Ireland and Sweden opened their labour markets when the new member states acceded in May 2004.

Finland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece and the Netherlands gradually eased access, but six countries, including Germany, still have restrictions in force.

DPA
Subject: German news

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