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UK Govt Attitude to Bulgarians, Romanians 'Categorically Unacceptable'

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | December 29, 2013, Sunday // 10:09| Views: 2064 | Comments: 9
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Bulgaria: UK Govt Attitude to Bulgarians, Romanians 'Categorically Unacceptable' A cartoon, published in the Independent, pictures British Prime Minister, David Cameron, kicking out of his way emigrants, wrapped in Bulgarian and Romanian national colors, to make way to a troll-like creature with the inscription UKIP (Independence Part

Just days after Bulgaria's president warned UK of isolation over the immigration debate, the country's minister of labor put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the UK Independence party.

The Bulgarian minister of labour, Hassan Ademov, told the Observer he believed the prime minister was being led into nationalistic rhetoric by the popularity of the UK Independence party.

He said he did not believe there would be an influx to the UK, but revealed that the Bulgarian and British governments have agreed to work together to ensure that companies registered both in Bulgaria and the UK are prevented from exploiting the potential for cheap labour.

They have also agreed to clamp down on any potential welfare fraud in a new "letter of intention" signed by both governments.

"My view is that the main explanation for what has been happening is that it is party election rhetoric and there is a race between the parties. God and the European commission between them have given Bulgaria and Romania the honour of having the transitional controls lifted just six months before the elections for the European parliament."

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joppy - 31 Dec 2013 // 18:18:11

sorry denied* benefits not defined (typo)

joppy - 31 Dec 2013 // 18:10:30

…. This is all part of the EU principles and regulations at least according to Britain, France and Germany, these EU principles and regulations are doing nothing but driving us further into poverty. However when it comes to Britain, France and Germany fulfilling their part of the "EU principles and regulations" they now all of a sudden they have cold feet, when they have to make a compromise even though we have been making compromises for them for over 7 years, hypocrisy and arrogance is what we take personally. What we take even more personally is that these EU principles and regulations were the ones which were shoved down our throat prior to us joining the EU, same way they are currently being shoved down Ukraine's throat, this is partly the reason why we joined and now they are not even fulfilling the simple promises they made to us "freedom of movement, freedom of this, freedom of that, blah blah blah freedom" conveniently ignoring all the negatives of EU membership. If you can't play your part after we have been playing ours, then maybe it is time we scrap this whole "European idea".

joppy - 31 Dec 2013 // 18:09:57

@Anon I don't take it personally, I don't even want to move to Britain, sorry to say this but for me it looks like an ugly horrible place where you won't live, just exist and survive, might as well die here if that's the only alternative (its not). Personally I don't blame the British for not wanting us in the UK, hell we wouldn't want them here either. What we do take personally, however, is when Britain, Germany and France start pushing forward EU regulations which only apply to us but don't apply to them. EU regulations regarding nuclear energy for example, we have to eventually decommission Kozludy (only nuclear power station), and we are denied of the privilege to build another power station, the purpose of all this is to make us energy dependent on the EU, so they can turn off the electricity when they want to force something on us, what do we call that "Bully Boy Tactics" Wait didn't the EU already excuse Russia of doing that to Ukraine, Western hypocrisy knows no limits. We are already dependent on Russia for gas we don't need to be dependent on the EU for electricity, especially since the EU and Russia are like oil and water, they cannot be mixed. What we also don't need is to take out loans from Germany for "clean" expensive and inefficient energy from Germany so we can end up like Greece is now in the future, and then called lazy even though if we introduce "clean" energy we will have to pay even higher prices for electricity than we are now. Other examples of when the Britain Germany and France bring up "EU principles and regulations" is when it comes to local industry and agriculture, we have to destroy our own industry by importing tariff free from Germany, France and the UK. Our foreign gas and trade deals are dictated to us, recently we had to scrap the South Stream project because it will give greater influence to Russia in Europe, quite I frankly I would prefer it if Russia had greater influence right now. Who we can and cannot trade with is also dictated to us, sounds similar to the colonial relationship between the American colonies and Britain which triggered the American war of independence, well you know what they say once an empire always an empire. The freedom of movement and operations for corporate officials and big business is ensured by the EU, we cannot even impose taxes on them. ……

joppy - 31 Dec 2013 // 17:37:45

@kin hell The Syrians are foreign nationals, refugees, they can't expect to be treated equally as Bulgarian citizens. And how are the Roma treated unfairly when all of us have to kiss a minorities ass, which makes up the majority in parliament. Or better yet how well are Roma treated in France, Germany or the UK, oh yes that's right they get defined benefits because they are leaches on their welfare system, whereas here when they get defined welfare for their six babies which they can't looked after they are treated unfairly. Western hypocrisy knows no limits.

janice Broun - 31 Dec 2013 // 13:00:45

Our Scottish government welcomes migrants who can contribute to the economy. We in scotland wish to disassociate ourselves from racism south of the border!

Anon - 30 Dec 2013 // 16:31:09

Don't take it personally, the UK is full! There would be the same reactions if it were for eg Croatia and Serbia getting free movement. Its the timing (2014) not the countries involved that is causing the anti feelings and publicity.

Endimion - 29 Dec 2013 // 18:57:10

The point you are trying to make can be reversed: Why point to problems in one of the member countries, when the same problems are apparent at a level which is supposed to be free of them - that of the EU!? There is no excuse for English politics (has not been for centuries now).

wilfulsprite - 29 Dec 2013 // 14:44:26

No such comments against the Swiss who have closed their border to Romanians and Bulgarians for more years? (see other article on this site)

kin hell - 29 Dec 2013 // 11:47:57

the bulgarian goverment should look closer to home to see people treated unfairly the sirrians for one the roma for another better they get there own house in order before they start to critise others

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