Romania and Bulgaria remain behind European wage standards

10. Juli 2006, 00:00

Income levels in the Czech Republic and Hungary would reach the average in older EU member states in 10 to 15 years

Income levels in the Czech Republic and Hungary would reach the average in older EU member states in 10 to 15 years. Bulgarian and Romanian levels were far behind, Austrian analysts said.

One of the main reasons for westward migration in Europe was the difference in income policies. Eastern levels would not change rapidly, Kurier newspaper reported.

Average monthly payments in Romania reach EUR 260 while in Bulgaria they were only EUR 110, Kurier reported. In the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland the average wage exceeds EUR 600.

In comparison, the average monthly wage in Austria was EUR 2654, Kurier reported.

New member states managed to develop at a fast pace but such differences could not be overcome rapidly, analysts from the Vienna Institute said.

Austria would keep its labour market closed for citizens from new EU member states until 2011. The regulations for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens would be in force until 2014, Kurier explained.

Once the two countries join the EU in 2007 or 2008, 150 000 people are expected to migrate to other EU member states, analysts said.

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