Free movement of labour - compromise near

22-05-2001

During a seminar on EU expansion in London, the Czech Republic's chief negotiator on EU enlargement, Pavel Telicka, said that thanks to the initiative taken by many EU member states and diplomatic negotiations, a proposed seven-year transition period regarding the free movement of labour after EU expansion, proposed by Germany and Austria, will be dismissed and a more acceptable compromise will be found. Germany's ambassador to Brussels apparently gave Mr. Telicka fresh hope on Friday, by saying that he expected a minimum of twelve member states to have completely open borders only two years after EU expansion. Mr Telicka took the opportunity at the seminar to tell the audience that the proposed transition period of seven years could result in a negative swing in public opinion against EU membership by Czech citizens.