Jan 5, 2009
So since Gazprom and Ukraine can't settle their dispute, Bulgaria and Romania are experiencing a decrease in gas supplies. And because the EU is still coping with the financial crisis, Bulgarians and Romanians still can't work in Ireland. The Sofia Weekly reports that Ireland has extended the ban on Bulgarians and Romanians to work in the country for three more years. The decision of the Irish government is contrary to a recommendation by an European Commission report published in November that all labor restrictions on the citizens of the newest EU member states be lifted as soon as possible.
After Bulgaria and Romania's EU accession on January 1, 2007, Ireland decided to institute two-year period of work permit requirements on Bulgarians and Romanians. Under EU law, the country has the right to impose "transitional restrictions" for a period of up to seven years. According to the Irish Times, between January 1, 2007, and October 31, 2008, 241 Romanians and 58 Bulgarians have received permits to work in Ireland.
You may recall, in December Eternal Remont reported that the Benelux countries also decided to extend the working ban for Bulgarians and Romanians by three years. 2012 is going to be your year Bulgaria and Romania. I can feel it.