A diplomatic offensive is underway to ensure that the UK does not discriminate against any post-Brexit country in the EU over work visa fees. These are currently more expensive for citizens of five member states than the rest, including Romania. Politics.
Citizens of 25 countries, including 21 in the European Union, receive $ 55 in tax deductions for applying for a work visa in the UK. Target categories are entrepreneurs, medical staff, researchers or temporary staff.
Romanians, among discriminated citizens
Employers also save money when recruiting from these countries because companies do not have to pay the £ 199 fee required to issue a sponsorship certificate for their employment.
As I said, five EU countries are ineligible for this tax cut: Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia.
Some of these countries are now appealing to the European Commission to resolve these differences, arguing that Brussels cannot allow the UK to violate a policy of non-discrimination between EU member states.
“In our view, this different treatment should be carefully checked. Citizens in five member states do not need to pay $ 55 more than other European citizens for this problem, but with a clearly different treatment,” said one European diplomat.
Based on the 1961 Charter of the United Kingdom
The British government claims that the qualifying list is based on the signatories of the Council of Europe’s Charter (ESCB), an international treaty adopted by 26 countries, including the United Kingdom, since 1961.
Section 18.2 imposes an obligation on the signatory countries to “facilitate inter-formalities and to reduce or abolish principal fees paid by foreign workers and their employers.”
But EU diplomats are questioning this UK interpretation, which states that not all EU signatories have declared themselves subject to Section 18.2, but have yet exempted themselves from paying full taxes.
However, the United Kingdom insists that its policy is based on the original agreement of the Council of Europe, and that reducing visa costs for countries that are not part of an international agreement would discriminate against itself.
However, EU ambassadors put pressure on the commission, saying it was the first example of Britain’s post-Brexit immigration rules treating EU citizens differently on the basis of their nationality. After Brexit, they warned that Britain could discriminate in the decisions of other upcoming movements against EU citizens, for example, when deciding which countries could participate in its youth movement program – currently open outside the block to nine developed economies.