JEAN HOSTS PARLIAMENT MEETING: WHO'S AFRAID OF EU ENLARGEMENT?

To launch the ECAS Report on worker migration, based on the official statistics from Member States, Jean chaired a meeting at which ECAS Chair, Mario Monti, presented the Report findings. They show that actual migration numbers have been much lower than many expected – raising questions about current transitional measures. The response from the audience of MEPs and journalists highlighted the necessity for positive action based on facts about migration. The timing is particularly important given that the Commission's preparation for its Year of Workers' Mobility begins this month.

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Opposite: Jean with Mario Monti at the event

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Context: One year ago in Strasbourg , the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) launched a report on 'unfinished enlargement', which included seven recommendations to EU leaders. The political landscape has, however, in the meantime changed, particularly regarding enlargement and attitudes towards migrant workers. ECAS is launching a new 'hotline' to gather evidence from citizens and organisations on how free movement is operating.

Opposite: The full panel including co-author Monika Byrska and ECAS Director Tony Venables