Written answers

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Eligibility

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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528. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the social welfare benefits the Croatians will be automatically entitled to if they decide to move here. [37033/13]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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At its meeting on 30April 2013 the Government considered the EU accession of Croatia and, based on Forfás' analysis and other information available to my Department, agreed to permit access to the Irish labour market for nationals of Croatia upon its accession to the EU from 1 July 2013. The European Union (Accession of the Republic of Croatia)(Access to the Labour Market) Act 2013 amends Employment Permits legislation and essentially provides Croatians with the same level of rights as other EU citizens with regard to access to the Irish labour market without an employment permit.

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