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EU Warns UK over Benefit Rules

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | December 18, 2013, Wednesday // 18:09| Views: 1684 | Comments: 3
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Bulgaria: EU Warns UK over Benefit Rules European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Laszlo Andor. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The European Commission has warned that it will be checking the legality of the British government's rules on how long EU jobseekers must wait to claim benefits.

“For the moment it is too early to say whether the new rules are compliant," said Jonathan Todd, spokesman for EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor, as cited by ITV.

"[Numerous] studies show that the vast majority of EU nationals go to other member states to work and that they usually pay more in tax and social security contributions than they receive in benefits because more of them tend to be of working age compared with the population of the host country,” the spokesman noted.

A ban on EU citizens claiming benefits from the moment they arrive in the UK is to be fast-tracked in the country amid fears of an “influx” of Bulgarians and Romanians in the new year.

The measure is expected to be rushed through the British parliament in time for the January 1 deadline when labor market restrictions will be lifted for Bulgarians and Romanians.

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Maudlin - 20 Dec 2013 // 10:41:15

Living in UK as a foreigner is a nightmare. The drab Britons deserve their miserable Islamic future.

countryhick1 - 18 Dec 2013 // 20:47:17

If they will be impoverished , why go in the first place? To go to another country without the financial means to support yourself is ridiculous.

rmh056 - 18 Dec 2013 // 18:59:02

I hope for the benefit of all EU citizens that the UK wises up and welcomes Bulgarians and Romanians in with open arms. Forcing them to be impoverished while in the country may only exacerbate the problems that they are so afraid of.

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