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Switzerland prolongs the restrictions on the work market for Romanians and Bulgarians until 31 May 2016

The Swiss Federal Council decided on Wednesday to prolong the restrictions on the work market for the Romanians and the Bulgarians until 31 May 2016, according to a press release of the institution.

The Federal Council decided today (Wednesday) to prolong by two years the temporary restrictions applied to Bulgarian and Romanian workers. The priority offered to the native workers,a limited number of residence permits as well as control on the salary conditions are kept’ the press release of the Federal Council says.


According to the quoted source, the prolongation of the restrictions to 31 May 2016 is ‘ according to protocol II of the agreement regarding the free circulation of the people signed between Switzerland and the European Union.’.


The agreement which came into force on 1 June 2009 allows Switzerland similarly to the old member states of the EU to restrict access on the work market for 7 years for the new entries. The period of transition has three stages. During the last stage, Switzerland may keep restrictions only in case there is serious trouble on the work market.


Switzerland announced on 30 April, the annulment of restrictions on the work market imposed gradually in 2012 and 2013, to the citizens of the 25 member states of the EU.


The Wednesday decision of the Federal Council includes all workers and service providers in certain economic sectors, such as constructions and flower growing.


At the end of 2013, in Switzerland there were 15,199 residents from Romania and Bulgaria, up by 18.1% which is 0.8% of the total number of EU citizens established in this country.