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Germany Advocates a Transitional Period in Opening EU Labour Market to CEE Countries

Berlin, 6 February - It is free movement of persons which represents the main problem in the membership negotiations between the EU and candidate countries for Germany, which advocates a seven-year transitional period or a restriction on the movement of labour force from central and eastern Europe. Germany is well aware that candidate countries differ and admits the possibility of different treatment, but only after the implementation of a comprehensive seven-year transitional period, German Foreign Ministry officials told Slovenia's chief EU negotiator Janez Potocnik in Berlin on Tuesday.

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