PQ: Visa Agreements (Bulgaria and Romania)

Wed, November 4, 2015

123. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will confirm the rights of citizens of Bulgaria and Romania, which countries joined the EU in 2007, to travel to work and to claim welfare benefits here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): All labour market restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals were removed in 2012. As such, they now enjoy the same rights and entitlements of any European Union citizen in terms of access to work, self employment or public services, including welfare benefits, in line with European rules on free movement and the coordination of social security systems.