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PM Ponta: Benefit tourism is ‘Roma problem’

At the end of 2013 work restrictions imposed by some European Union countries when Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU will be lifted. Some politicians are concerned the removal of restrictions will see a rise in “benefit tourism” in richer EU countries, but  prime minister, Victor Ponta, speaking on HARDtalk at BBC, said the issue is a “specific situation of the Roma community”. “As for the Roma communities, we must have a strategy and we tried implementing a strategy, jointly with the European Commission in view of reintegrating the ethnic Roma in Romania. This problem will not be solved in several months. It will require time and efforts made by all states. If we speak about regular Romanians, benefit migration is out of question. This is normal movement in the European Union,” Victor Ponta explained.Around 22,000 Romanian workers are interested in coming to the UK – but Britain is not the top European destination for would-be migrants from the country, The Daily Telegraph claims, quoted by euractiv.ro. This figure is according to independent research seen by the paper by a Romania think-tank, which shows that 7 pc of the country’s working age population wishes to work abroad in the EU, and 8 pc of those wanted to work in the UK and to move over in the next six months.  The former minister of European Affairs, Leonard Orban said on RFI that the United Kingdom risks being subjected to an infringement procedure by the European Commission if it enforces new restrictions on the labour market for Romanians and Bulgarians, starting 2014. Romania however must be “vigilent,” the former European commissioner warned.

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