Juncker Slams UK On Attitude To EU Migrants

By Fernand Gagnier, for ExpatBriefing.com 16 December, 2014

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said that the UK needs to stop behaving as if people from Eastern Europe who are working in the country are criminals.

Juncker's comments followed the recent announcement by the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, of new restrictions designed to slow immigration rates. European Union (EU) migrants in the UK will be ineligible for social benefits unless they have been in the country for four years, and foreign jobseekers who fail to find work within six months will have to leave.

In response, Juncker said that freedom of movement within the European Union (EU) should not be abused, but that it was wrong to behave as if all Poles, Romanians and Bulgarians in the European labour market have a criminal mentality. He said that these were people who were working in order to earn money, and he suggested that they are being discriminated against because "beating up" others "goes down well" in the current circumstances.

He added that he is willing to discuss Cameron's proposals, but warned that questioning freedom of movement within the EU will lead to questioning on the free movement of capital.

Juncker made the comments in conservation with a panel of journalists on Inside Brussels, an Austrian news program.

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