Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants will have free access to the Spanish labour market two years after their countries join the EU in January next year, Spanish Foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said on Tyuesday, quoted by Reuters. He said his country has adopted similar measures in the case of CEE countries that joined the EU in May 2004.

But he recalled that Spain has concluded a series of bilateral accords on the issue with Romania. There are currently some 400,000 Romanian citizens working legally in Spain, one of the main destinations for East European workers in Western Europe. That comes despite the unemployment rate in Spain has just reached its lowest level in the last two decades.

The news comes as Britain announced last week it would limit the access of unskilled Romanian and Bulgarian workers on its market to only thousands and only for the food industry and agriculture.