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ETUC position on free movement of labour for Croatia

Brussels/Zagreb, 6 December 2012 - The Executive Committee of the ETUC, at its meeting on 5-6 December, adopted the position on free movement of labour for Croatia. It calls on the EU Member States to refrain from applying any kind of temporary measures to block or limit the free movement of Croatian workers within the European Union, reaffirming that free movement and fair mobility are among the top priorities set within its political principles and that all four fundamental freedoms of the common market should be given equal importance. The ETUC also considers that the relatively small size of the Croatian labour market should enable its integration without major difficulties and therefore sees no objective reason to postpone free movement of labour for citizens of Croatia.
Consequently, the ETUC Executive Committee calls on the European institutions and the Member States to ensure fair mobility, equal treatment, the prevention of social dumping, and the social integration of Croatian workers, and notably for cross-border workers who would be particularly penalized by temporary measures, which would keep them in a condition of irregular employment.
The UATUC warmly welcomed the ETUC initiative and the adoption of the position, strongly believing that the EU has to provide and maintain basic protection and equal treatment for all its inhabitants. The position was sent to the Croatian Prime Minister and other relevant authorities.