MEP Vicky Ford challenges Commissioners over Bulgarian and Romanian immigration

10:22 26 February 2013

MEP Vicky Ford

MEP Vicky Ford


CONSERVATIVE MEP Vicky Ford has today abled urgent questions to the European Commission about a possible influx of workers from Romania and Bulgaria coming into the UK when restrictions are lifted at the end of the year.

She says her constituents in the East of England are “genuinely anxious” about situation, and she is asking the Commission whether or not it has prepared estimated figures for the impact on the UK’s economy, employment market and social provisions.

After submitting the question, Mrs Ford said: “In the East of England we have long traditions of welcoming migrants for work, but we have also seen the huge pressures that unplanned migration can put on local services. My constituents are genuinely anxious about what 2014 could bring. How can one be prepared without estimates?

“In the past, estimates from the UK side were hopelessly inaccurate. Migration involves moving from one country to another so estimates need to look at both countries.”

The East of England MEP raised the issue in a formal parliamentary question to the Commission, tabled under the “urgency” procedure.

She says the possible influx of workers has been repeatedly raised by members of the public as she toured work places and residential areas in her constituency.

Mrs Ford added: “Have Romania and Bulgaria kept their own side of the bargain? Are their own external borders properly policed? Do their regimes respect human rights? What arrangements are being made to combat the potential spread of corruption and organised crime?

“The European Commission has a duty to help answer these questions. It will not do to tell voters they should simply trust the EU to do what is best for them. That will not reassure them.”

1 comment

  • All these questions about human rights etc should've been addressed many years before the EU was enlarged. The real number heading to Britain for the good life from the Balkans, will easily be around the 3 million plus mark.

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More news stories

Yesterday, 18:17
Baby Paris

A three-month-old baby is in intensive care with bronchitis that her mother believes has partly been caused by living in a mould ridden, damp house.

Yesterday, 17:53
The one that got away! Cllr Steve Count unveils proposals for Estover that were later dumped. A second public meeting helped win control of the whole of Estover playing fields for the community

The people of March are being invited to a public meeting to discuss the future of Estover playing fields following the signing of a 99-year lease to save the fields from being turned into houses.

9 minutes ago
Fraser Dawbarns LLP Official Opening. of the March office. Picture: Steve Williams.

A redundant March bank has been given a fresh lease of life thanks to law firm Fraser Dawbarns who officially opened their new offices in High Street with a prestigious launch party on Friday.

17 minutes ago
Elizabeth Truss MP and George Freeman MP at the Queen Adelaide level crossing close to the Ely North junction. Picture: Ian Burt

Council leader James Palmer says the decision to postpone rail improvements in Ely is “very disappointing”.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition