According to the announcement made by government official Jose Blanco at the end of Friday’s government meeting, the Spanish government has decided to reintroduce work permits for Romanians, the Spanish press informs, being quoted by Mediafax.
‘La Vanguardia’ wrote in its online edition that according to Jose Blanco the government’s decision is meant to connect the influx of foreign workers with the labour market’s needs. Likewise, according to the aforementioned source, the measure is meant to counteract the growth of the underground economy. The Minister confirmed that the decision will not affect Romanian workers already present on the Spanish labour market.
In principle Spain cannot introduce temporary restrictions against Romanian workers, EC spokesperson David Boubil stated on Friday. However, he added that in exceptional cases, if one of the member states has not taken measures at national level in order to guarantee freedom of movement it can ask the EC for permission to introduce restrictions, provided it proves “there are serious problems” that justify this measure.
The Romanian Labour Minister has taken note of the Spanish government’s decision and will discuss with his Spanish counterpart next week the manner in which the decision will be applied, Labour Ministry spokesperson Ioana Santa stated on Friday. Minister Sebastian Lazaroiu will travel to Madrid this week where he will meet his counterpart Valeriano Gomez in order to discuss the way in which the Spanish authorities will apply this decision. In other developments, Romanian MEP Renate Weber has asked the European Commission to react to the measure taken by Spain, arguing that it is “clearly discriminatory.”
The Party of Romanians in Spain considers that the Spanish authorities’ decision to introduce restrictions for Romanians on the labour market “is a populist measure typical of periods of crisis, a measure meant to lift the morale of unemployed Spanish citizens, not a step toward taking Spain out of crisis.”