ANNOUNCEMENT 28 Jul 2011In July 2011, the government of Spain announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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European Commission. (2011). The Commission accepts that Spain can temporarily restrict the free movement of Romanian workers. Available at http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/960&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN
EC press release on 21.12.2012
On 28 July 2011, the Spanish government requested authorisation from the European Commission to invoke the so-called "safeguard clause" included in the Act of Accession of Romania to the European Union. Appealing to the dismal state of the Spanish economy, Madrid intends to implement labor market access restrictions for Romanian citizens.
On 11 August 2011, the European Commission permitted the restriction. Spain may thus restrict labor market access of Romanian citizens until 31 December 2012. The restriction is valid for all sectors and regions. Romanian citizens who lived in Spain prior to its invocation are not affected by the safeguard clause.
On 30 November 2012, the Spanish government extended the restrictions for Romanian citizens until 31 December 2013.
Spain had originally liberalised labor market access for Romanian citizens on 1 January 2009. According to a press release by the Commission, "these restrictions cannot be continued after the end of 2013 as temporary restrictions on the free movement of Romanian and Bulgarian workers must be lifted in all Member States as from 1 January 2014".
Hence, this measure is no longer classified as implemented.