The Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ) is seeking to delay the entry of Croatians into the Icelandic labour market, despite the fact that Croatia will be members of the European Economic Area (EEA) very soon.
The European Union welcomed Croatia as its 28th member state last month, meaning that Iceland, as an EEA member, will have to open its borders to Croatian nationals, RÚV reports. Talks to determine Croatia’s involvement in the EEA should be completed in the autumn, however ASÍ would like the Icelandic government to take advantage of a 2-year exemption that would close the Icelandic labour market to Croatians.
No decision has been made about employing this exemption, but it is assumed that the loophole will be used, as it was in 2007 when Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU.
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