Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence – debate in Bucharest

BFJE 2013 event in Bucharest

‘Six Years of Working Restrictions for Romanians on the EU Labour Market’ – this is the topic of the debate taking place on 13 February in Bucharest, in the framework of our Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme.

Experienced panelists will analyse the consequences of the employment limitations on both Romanian migrant workers and local economies, and will also look back at the political and economical context in which these transitional measures were imposed.

The discussion will focus on Romania’s six year-experience in the light of an enlarged European Union, with Croatia joining this year and other Balkan states aspiring to join in the future.

Speakers: Ms. Renate Weber – MEP, Ms. Luminiţa Odobescu – State Counselor, Government of Romania, phd. Vasile Puşcaş – Romania’s chief negotiator with the European Union 2000 – 2004, phd. Dumitru Sandu – sociologist, University of Bucharest and Sorana Stănescu, TVR.

Mr. Sean Bamford, expert on migration policies with the Trades Union Congress, one of the largest confederations in the UK, will be joining the debate to discuss the particular case of the working restrictions for Romanians in Britain.

The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence was established in 2007 by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), to promote journalistic excellence and advance cross-border reporting. The first prize-winner of the 2012 edition was Romanian journalist Sorana Stănescu, whose thorough investigation revealed the reality faced by Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers: they are underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation, due to jobs restrictions imposed by UK.