Next time, tell your partners before giving illegal workers an amnesty. As long lines form outside its administrative offices, Spain has been ticked off for not informing others. Last month, the Germans and the Dutch said they really would have liked to be told first. They heard about it through the press. European Commission spokesman Friso Abbing talks about proposed measures to be applied in the future.
“It’s an early warning system, which could mean that member states could be informed of envisaged activities in the area of regularization of migrants as early as possible, before it reachs you and the media.”
Spain’s intention to give regular status to an expected one million illegals up until April can have an effect on other EU states as well. With residence permits from one, they can travel freely in the Shengen countries of the EU single market. Interior ministers will study the Brussels proposal on February 24.