Not enough support for open border

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner still cannot muster majority support for opening the border to workers from the Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

20 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner still cannot muster majority support for opening the border to workers from the Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Coalition party Labour PvdA and opposition party Green-left GroenLinks still have their doubts. Donner's promises in the debate on Thursday were not concrete enough for these parties.

Donner is certain of support from Christian democrat CDA, ChristenUnie, Liberal VVD and Democrats D66, enough for 72 seats. They fear keeping the borders closed any longer could have a detrimental effect on the economy because of the shortage on the labour market.

PvdA and GroenLinks will decide next Tuesday whether to vote in favour of Donner's proposal to admit workers from the new member states unimpaired to all sectors as of 1 May. Currently the border is open in certain sectors and a work permit is required,

In the debate Donner acknowledged that many more workers from the new EU countries are likely to come to the Netherlands than originally anticipated.

23,000 people from these new EU countries registered in the first quarter of this year already. Donner expects that about 120,000 or "presumably even more" might come to the Netherlands this year.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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