PM Ponta: Freedom of movement across EU cannot be limited

Prime Minister Victor Ponta believes that the “freedom of movement” across the EU “cannot be limited”, underscoring that he “does not agree” on this matter with British PM David Cameron, according to a statement delivered to the foreign press and quoted by Mediafax. “I understand the concerns expressed by the British press (…), but such concerns cannot be used to generate or justify abuses or discrimination against European citizens,” Ponta said. The Romanian PM said that as of January 1, 2014 all the EU member states will have to respect the deadline set by the European Commission, including Great Britain, and the rules for the free movement of persons will be enforced by respecting the non-discriminatory principle, for all EU citizens. British PM David Cameron has come up with a set of tough measures against the so-called “tourism for social benefits”, stating that the immigrants from Europe will not have the right to claim benefits from tax payers indefinitely. Starting with January 2014, Great Britain should lift all labour market restrictions imposed on the Romanian and Bulgarian workers.

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