In addition, Croats will be free to establish themselves as a self-employed person (zelfstandige) from that date on. Croatia was the last country to join the EU, on 1 July 2013. EU Member States are allowed to protect their labour market temporarily with regard to citizens of countries that have recently joined the EU. The Netherlands chose to do so, which meant that for the first five years after Croatia joined, Croats were only permitted to either work with a work permit or with a specific work permit waiver.
The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) has decided not to extend the transition policy for Croatian employees on the Dutch labour market. This means that Croats will have full access to the Dutch labour market as of 1 July.