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Austria and Germany open labor markets to Hungarians

Austria and Germany opened their labor markets to job seekers from eight central and eastern European countries on Sunday, among them Hungary.

This is the dismantling of the last obstacle to the free flow of manpower between the old and new members of the European Union, organizers of a labor partnership event said at Sopronpuszta on the Austrian border. In 2004, when Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the European Union, Austria and Germany were granted a seven-year exemption before being obliged to offer employment to applicants from the new member states. The term has now expired.