Germany retains restrictions on 'new EU' workers

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22 March 2006, BERLIN - German employment restrictions on workers from new Central and Eastern European members of the EU are to remain in place for another three years, the cabinet in Berlin decided Wednesday.

22 March 2006

BERLIN - German employment restrictions on workers from new Central and Eastern European members of the EU are to remain in place for another three years, the cabinet in Berlin decided Wednesday.

Cabinet agreed to the measure drawn up by Labour Minister Franz Muentefering in a bid to head off workers from low-wage nations such as Poland and the Czech Republic freely entering the German job market.

Berlin imposed the restrictions following the enlargement of the European Union in May 2004 when membership of the Brussels-based bloc was expanded to include ten largely Central and Eastern European countries.

However, six of the original 15 EU member states do not impose limits on workers from the bloc's newcomers.

DPA

Subject: German news

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