7852Re: Pre-EU Shopping Spree
- May 1, 2004
> I missed the online CATO discussion on the EU ... Did you get anI did, Janko -- thanks again for posting it. It was fairly interesting,
> opportunity to listen in?
but not overwhelmingly so. By comparison to the two guys from Cato who
spoke, the SK Ambassador was rather impressionistic. A Cato speaker
argued strongly that accepting the eruo soon would be bad for the new
members, since they would give up a means to manage their economies, whose
needs are substantially different from the rich members under whose
control the euro is.
An interesting moment was when a Cato speaker harped a bit on Paris that
instead of trying to dominate Europe, it should try to show genuine
leadership. And one of the European participants responded that he felt
no particular need for anyone's "leadership." In Slovakia, too, the
concept of a "leader" smacks of "Fuehrer," or of "the leading role of the
Communist Party," and is usually avoided. The Slovaks are beginning to
use the English word _leader_ when talking about leadership now, since the
corresponding Slovak noun is quite unusable for historical reasons.
> has confirmed that workers from the enlarged EU will face noI wonder whether the English version reflects what's going on. If so,
> restrictions in the Czech Republic. Minister Skromach said that the
> country would welcome all EU citizens
Prague has changed its policies. Originally, it decided to "retaliate"
and only open its labor market to the _new_ EU members, and to those old
EU members that open their labor markets to the new members (Ireland,
Britain, and Sweden, where the parliament overturned the government's
proposal to the contrary).
> what Slovakia's views on employment of EU workers in SK?Slovakia has opened its labor market to all the EU members. I agree,
Janko, that one wouldn't expect too many West European workers flocking to
any of the new members. It's more of a symbolic gesture on the part of
Bratislava, as well as Prague.
What's never discussed, though, are any potential pressures on the new
members' labor markets from other new members. The Czech R. and Slovakia
have kept their labor market mutually open since their split, but the
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