Statement by José Manuel Barroso on David Cameron op-ed on migration/market access for Bulgarians and Romanians
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 27 November 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a statement following the op-ed of David Cameron, British Prime Minister, on migration/market access for Bulgarians and Romanians.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): Prime Minister Cameron called me yesterday informing me about the intention he has on this issue of freedom of movement. I had the occasion to underline to Prime Minister Cameron that free movement is a fundamental treaty principle that must be upheld. At the same time, I took good note that the UK wants to ensure that measures it plans to take respect the EU law. So, I believe that the Commission can only comment in detail when we will receive the legislative proposal brought forward by the UK. The principle of free movement is one of the most valued by the EU citizens. There is clear evidence of its economic benefit. But we are also aware of the challenges that it can also bring, particularly, for local communities and services and the EU rules already include measures to prevent abuse. Just last Monday, the EU presented a Communication where we refer to a five-point plan precisely to prevent abuses.