The positive contribution that most Bulgarians and Romanians currently in the United Kingdom make to the British economy was acknowledged at a meeting between the Bulgarian and British foreign ministers on January 16. This acknowledgment was made in the light of the end of labour market restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians throughout the European Union as of January 1 2014, according to a statement after the meeting.
“We reiterate that the free movement of workers in the EU on a non-discriminatory basis is an important part of the Single Market and a factor for growth, competitiveness and jobs,” said the statement, issued after talks between UK foreign secretary William Hague and Kristian Vigenin.
Also discussed was the importance of building on existing work to prevent potential abuses of the right to free movement of workers by EU and third-country nationals, as well as labour exploitation. “We look forward to the signing of a joint letter of intent which will enable British and Bulgarian officials to continue and step-up their co-operation on this,” the statement said.
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