World Bulletin / News Desk
The Swiss Federal Council has decided to grant 500 workers from Croatia access to the Swiss labor market and to restart discussions with the EU on Switzerland’s participation in market access.
Swiss voters approved curbs on immigration in February, and the Council's declaration Wednesday allows citizens from the European Union's newest member to enter on a separate quota system as third-country nationals.
The limited quota for Croatia consists of 50 one-year work permits and 450 short-term work permits.
But observers said the decision could be seen negatively as it places restrictions on immigrant workers which may lead to similar actions by the Swiss towards other EU nations, which would undermine the bloc's commitment to freedom of movement.
In a February 10 referendum, Switzerland narrowly backed a plan to limit immigration, despite warnings that it could harm the country's economy and EU relations.
Switzerland, while not a member of the 28-member bloc, participates in its activities under a deal with Brussels.Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2014, 14:18