Euractiv information service reports how yesterday Switzerland announced that it would temporarily re-introduce an authorisation requirement for workers coming from the eight East European countries that joined the EU in 2004, a decision that was sharply criticised by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Starting 1 May, the nationals of the so-called EU-8 (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) will have to seek authorisation to work in Switzerland, the government said in a statement.
“In a recession, immigration from the EU has had a positive impact on consumption and investment in building, thus strengthening, the Swiss economy. More than 1.1 million citizens of EU member countries live in Switzerland. They play an important role, as well as the border, the Swiss economy and the creation or retention of jobs in Switzerland,” the statement reads.
Ashton said she regretted the decision of the Swiss authorities. You can read the full article on Euractiv here.