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EP adopts new legislation for migrant workers' rights


09:24, December 14, 2011

BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The European Parliament on Tuesday adopted new legislation to further guarantee the rights of legal migrant workers on equal footing with citizens from the European Union.

"It will certainly simply the life of migrants applying to reside and work in the EU, and ensure a one-stop-shop system, thereby accelerating administrative procedures both for the future employer and the migrant," Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU's home affairs commissioner, said here Tuesday.

Under the so-called Single Permit Directive, single permit holders will enjoy equal treatment with EU citizens as regards working conditions, recognition of education and professional qualifications, taxation, vocational training and access to social security, including unemployment benefits and the transfer of acquired pensions, according to the commissioner.

Starting from the Parliament's approval, EU member states will have two years to implement the provisions of the directive into their national legislation.

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