Austria expects no Hungarian workforce inflow, says ambassador

Budapest, November 17 (MTI) – Austria does not expect a massive inflow of Hungarian workforce after the planned opening of the country’s labour market, the Austrian ambassador told reporters in western Hungary’s Szombathely on Wednesday.

Austria has set May 1 of 2011 for lifting restrictions on its labour market for citizens of those central and eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.

    Austria highly welcomes well-trained Hungarians to work there, said Michael Zimmermann. Most Hungarians who wanted to take up jobs in Austria had already found a way to do this, for instance under an agreement on cross-border commuting.

    Speaking about bilateral relations the ambassador noted excellent cooperation in environmental protection, tourism, labour management and training, as well as infrastructure development.

    He said Austria and Hungary should jointly promote strategy areas within the EU. He quoted the example of the Danube strategy which can also attract more attention to the region.

    Regarding business he said the new Hungarian government’s crisis tax had affected Austrian-owned businesses in Hungary, which would welcome to be invited to future talks concerning the actual time framework of paying that tax.

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