Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

Denmark lifts the restriction on its labour market for East Europeans

Adelina Marini, April 29, 2009

Belgium and Denmark have decided to open their labour markets for 8 members of the EU in Central and Eastern Europe. For Denmark the decision applies to Bulgaria and Romania too. Instead, Germany and Austria have informed the Commission that they will keep their restrictions for the third phase of the transition periods which started on the 1st of May 2004. Their restrictions will apply until the 30th of April 2011. The UK continues to apply its Workers Registration Scheme. Denmark will also open its labour market to workers from Bulgaria and Romania.

On the 1st of May the last two years of the transition scheme begin. This scheme gives the countries the opportunity to restrict the access to their labour markets for workers from the new member states that joined the EU in 2004.