The Netherlands, like many European
countries, back then made use of the possibility of postponing the right of
workers to freedom of movement. This on account of economic circumstances at
the time in our country. A Croat was only allowed to work in the Netherlands
when his employer held a valid work permit for persons from outside the
European Economic Area. In 2015 this so-called transitional regime was extended
for a further three years until 1 July 2018.
Given the current favourable economic
situation there is no reason to extend this transitional period once more. Therefore,
as from 1 July 2018, Croatian citizens no longer need a work permit for persons
from outside the European Economic Area to work in the Netherlands.
Also, a Croat may no longer lodge an
application for testing against the EU law (proof of lawful residence). A valid
Croatian passport or ID card is adequate proof that a Croat is residing legally
in the Netherlands and may work freely.
Herewith, Croatian citizens and citizens of
other EU/ EEA countries and Switzerland are on the same footing.