EU wants explanation about Vaals plan to keep out EU citizens
The European Union has asked the Dutch government for clarification about a plan to keep out EU citizens who are unable to support themselves.
The town of Vaals in the south of the province of Limburg has announced it will keep out poor or unemployed newcomers as of September. The Vaals council says it is already paying benefits to a large number of unemployed migrant workers and cannot afford to take in even more.
Vaals Alderman Jean-Paul Kompier specifically mentioned Polish and Romanian workers as having great difficulty finding a job because of their limited knowledge of the Dutch language.
A spokesperson for the European Commission said keeping out EU citizens may constitute a violation of the European rules on the free movement of people within the Union.
Just across the border from Vaals, the Belgian town of Plombières is reportedly already barring EU citizens who are unable to support themselves from settling there.
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