Could lead to collapse of EU’s ‘freedom of movement’: Waldemar Pawlak
5th July 2011: Poles and other Eastern Europeans without work in the UK can face deportation, if Dutch social affairs minister Henk Kamp has his way. He has put forth the proposal to drive out Polish and other Eastern European nationals who are without work for three months and have little hope of finding any.
Reacting to the move, Poland’s economic affairs minister Waldemar Pawlak termed the Dutch plans ‘worrying’. He said ‘This development is dangerous and could lead to the collapse of the European system of freedom of movement.’
The Dutch minister is also working out the idea to withhold welfare benefits from those who have not learned Dutch.
Dutch social affairs minister Henk Kamp also considers that Poles who have not been able to find work should be ‘kicked out’ of the country.
Holland is infact on a collision course with the EU over a danger to deport Poles and other Eastern Europeans who cannot find work. Holland has about 200,000 migrant workers from Eastern Europe. Although this figure is far less than for some other countries.
There are million-plus who have come to Britain since Eastern European succession to the EU in 2004. The number is infact rising swiftly.
Ministers in the Hague also want to hold back migrants’ state advantages if they don’t speak Dutch.
Brussels dreads that other countries experiencing an invasion of jobseekers from member states might be tempted to copy Netherlands’ threat, even though such a move would breach EU laws.
Poland’s European affairs minister Mikolaj Dowgielewicz says there have been healthy talks with the Netherlands on the plan. Poland took over the presidency of the EU last Friday for the next six months.
Europe’s justice commissioner Viviane Reding cautioned the Netherlands that it ‘must respect EU rules on the freedom of movement between member states’.
Reding added if the Netherlands failed to meet the terms with EU legislation, the commission will make its stand ‘loud and clear’.
‘All member states are equal and the rules are transparent,’ she added.
All people within the EU have a right to freedom of movement and work as long as they are either working or are self-sufficient in funding. The accession countries partially enjoyed these rights after 2004, and have fully done so since the end of the ‘transition’ period in May this year.
In 2007 there were 20,000 Poles there, now there are close to 200,000, according to figures from the Polish Embassy in the country. The rise has prompted a number of factories in the Netherlands to use Polish to converse, with signs written in the language as well as the hiring of Polish managerial staff.