Czech Republic's accession into the EU

30-10-2001

On Friday, the Czech Republic closed the 21st and most recent chapter on the movement of people and labour in its accession talks with the EU. The Czech Republic agreed on a provision enabling EU countries to flexibly limit the number of Czechs seeking work in the union within the first two years, but at the same time it has safeguarded better conditions for the protection of its own labour market. I spoke with Petr Jezek, the Director of the European Integration department at the Czech Foreign Ministry, his colleague and the Czech chief EU negotiator, Pavel Telicka and the Communist MP Miroslav, about what the Free Movement of People chapter and EU membership means for the Czech Republic.