By Constantin Radut
The exodus of Eastern Europe to Western Europe is one of the biggest migratory waves that have taken place over the last two centuries in Europe.
According to Eurostat statistics, over 12 million East workers are left in the West, lured by promises for a better life.
Approximately 5 million Poles, followed by nearly 4 million Romanians, over 1 million Bulgarians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Croats, Serbs, Albanians are going to work in states like Germany, France, Italy, UK, Spain. Most of them are exploited for wretched salaries or are being discriminated against in various forms.
The economic advance of the Eastern countries in recent years has made the East workers’ exodus create a real black hole in the economic policies of some countries, such as Poland, Romania, and Hungary, and in the economic development of these countries.
Of the more than 12 million workers left from the East to the West in the last decades, some are highly skilled, for which the Eastern states have subsidized their school and qualification.
In medical care, the training of a doctor requires spending over 100,000 euro/person, money borne by the state through the taxes from the population. Nearly 2 million health professionals in Eastern Europe who add health benefits to Western Europe are a huge human and financial loss for countries like Romania, Poland, and others.
There must be a solution that this wealth leak from the East to the West of Europe to stop.
The Romanian Minister of Public Finance, Eugen Teodorovici, announces that at the government level negotiations with all member states will be launched to implement a package of measures that respond to the “need and desire to return home” of Romanians working abroad.
“We had very interesting and applied discussions with business representatives who shared my ideas, opinions and solutions for business development as well as the problems they face. One of the common problems was the lack of a workforce. This is precisely because this is a general problem encountered throughout Romania and other European countries and I want to make sure that at the government level we will start negotiations with all the Member States to implement a package of measures that responds to both the need and the desire to return home to those who have gone to work abroad, “Teodorovici wrote on his Facebook page.
On April 6, at the end of the ECOFIN meeting in Bucharest, the Finance Minister stated that European countries from where left a lot of work to the rest of the European Union should think of an aggressive package of measures to bring a solution for mobility selective.
“Maybe during the Romanian Presidency, I will invite the countries that send workers abroad to a discussion, let us see what to do. We should think of an aggressive package that will bring a solution because we can not reach our goals in the situation We are now discussing the decline in competitiveness, different spending, aspects that are influenced by this intra-European mobility, so we need to encourage this mobility, but we need to take into account the type of measures that we have to take in order not to be all affected, “said Eugen Teodorovici.
He said that the situation of selective mobility within the EU was one of the main issues discussed at the meeting of the European Finance Ministers.
“The free movement of labor has brought great economic benefits. Mobile workers contribute to the GDP of home and host countries. However, worker mobility can also have negative effects, for example when mobility is selective, leading to brain drain and stopping potential growth In the near future, our priority should be to find a common solution at the European level and to implement a tool to help us solve this phenomenon, “the Finance Minister said.
The Finance Minister said he was dissatisfied with the discussions in ECOFIN on selective mobility so far.
The Eastern states must make a common block in front of the West’s opposition to finding a solution for labor mobility. Especially as foreign companies installed in Eastern European countries blame the local governments for not finding enough force in the local markets.
The hypocrisy has no limits …
By Constantin Radut