In an interview with Trouw, Romania’s labour minister argues that the Netherlands has become “racist” and that the fear of mass immigration from Romania and Bulgaria is “overblown”.

Mariana Câmpeanu’s September 9 meeting with her Dutch and Bulgarian counterparts at the labour migration summit in The Hague has come at a time when the opening of Dutch borders to Romanian and Bulgarian workers, which is scheduled for 2014, is increasingly controversial.

The minister appealed to the Dutch media to “emphasise the contribution that east Europeans make to the Dutch economy,” instead of focusing on Romanian criminals in Netherlands.