Malta has informed the European Commission about the abolition of the labor market access restrictions for Croatian citizens – Poslovni.hr reports.
Although the deadline to do this is by the end of June, Malta decided to do it earlier. This information was presented today by the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Maltese president Marie Louise Coleiro after the meeting at Pantovcak.
After Croatia joined the EU in 2013, the restrictions on Croatian workers, which in principle mean that they need work permits, were kept by 13 countries. After accepting the new member in the EU, every country has the right to introduce a transitional period of employment restraint in the principle of 2 + 3 + 2 years.
In practice, this means that the decision must be reviewed after the expiration of each of those periods. After the first two years of Croatian membership in 2015, eight countries have fully opened the labor market for workers from Croatia. The restrictions were then retained by Austria, Slovenia, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Malta. We’ll need to wait until the end of June to see what did other countries decide.