European Parliament calls on EU states to remove the restriction for Romanians on their labor market
The European Commission and the European Union Member states have to do more in order to respect EU citizen’s basic rights, according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on March 29.
The document underlines the prominent issues in areas such as free movement, the recognition of professional qualifications, access to information, non-discrimination, electoral rights and the free circulation of civil-status documents, a European Parliament’s press release informs.
"In recent years, an increasing number of petitions have been registered in the European Parliament with regard to problems encountered by EU citizens in exercising their right to free movement. There is a large gap between the expectations of citizens who take free movement for granted and the legislation to be respected. To achieve free movement, Member States need to be pushed to do it", rapporteur Adina-Ioana Vălean said.
The document states that the members of the European Parliament ask for a removal of the existing barriers to the free movement of citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, the countries which joined the EU in 2007 during the last enlargement.
The signatories also urge the Commission to assess free movement policies within the EU. They propose the issuance of a voluntary European professional card which could serve as a tool for facilitating mobility among Europeans and provide a model for a "Europe of citizens", the resolution shows.
The European Parliament calls on EU countries that continue to restrict the access of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens to their labor markets, to review their decisions as soon as possible, taking into account "the principle of equality, the prohibition of discrimination, the unjustified nature of those decisions and the principle of solidarity".