From the 1st of May 2011 Germany will fully open their labour market for the citizens of the countries that acceded EU on the 1st of May 2004
From the 1st of May 2011 Germany will fully open their labour market for the citizens of the countries that acceded EU on the 1st of May 2004: Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.
Since January this year Polish workers don’t need work permits any longer to take up seasonal jobs in some economy sectors like hotel industry, gastronomy, agriculture, forestry, fruit and vegetable processing. From the May they will be able to work without restrictions in all sectors. The number of job offers in Germany has already increased in the employment agencies as well as on the Internet. According to the Polish-German Commercial Chamber between 200.000 and 400.000 Poles might decide to work in Germany.
Together with Germany also Austria will open its labour market. This will happen after seven years of an opt-out period, which was requested by these countries when EU was enlarging. These are two last European Union member states that maintained restrictions for the workers from the countries which joined the EU in 2004.
Germany is among European Union member states that maintain restrictions for Romanian and Bulgarian workers and its labour market will remain closed for them till the 31st of December 2013. The Romanian and Bulgarian citizens, whose states acceded the EU in 2007, are come under seven years (2+3+2) of a transitional period. During that time they need work permits. They will have free access to the German labour market by 2014 at the latest. Before this date the special EU members’ work permits will be given to them