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Following an article by the Prime Minister's in the Financial Times on 27 November 2013 in which he said he shared concerns about the impact of lifting transitional restrictions on the rights of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals to work in the UK from 1 January 2014, the Government has introduced a raft of measures "to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of."
Romania and Bulgaria (the A2 States) joined the EU on 1 January 2007. The accession treaties allowed other member states to apply transitional restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers' free movement rights for up to seven years after accession, in order to guard against disruption of their labour markets. Transitional restrictions cannot be applied against other categories of A2 national exercising free movement rights ( such as "self sufficient" or "self employed" person). All Member State must lift restrictions on Bulgarina and Romanian workers by the end of 2013.
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