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Commissioner Andor on the decision by French government to partially lift restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers


EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor welcomed the decision of the French government to ease access to certain professions for Bulgarian and Romanian workers and to remove the employment tax, saying:

"This is a step in the right direction towards creating a truly European approach to employment. I would encourage France to look at lifting all further restrictions on the free movement of workers."

The Commissioner welcomed the French government's suggestion to discuss Roma integration in the Council of the EU, building on the 2011 EU Framework for National Roma Integration strategies   : "Not only recipient countries, but also countries from which Roma people come need to work hard on improving their socio-economic integration. This is a genuine European issue and the more seriously it is addressed in the Council, the better. Better inclusion of Roma  people  in Central and South-Eastern Europe is also an opportunity for economic development.  Better use of EU structural funds can significantly contribute to improved education, employment, housing and health of Roma minorities".