Free Movement of Workers

Free Movement of Workers

Free Movement of Workers and the Principle of Equal Treatment and the Treaties of the European Union

Description of Free Movement of Workers and the Principle of Equal Treatment provided by the European Union Commission: Every citizen of the EU has the right to work and live in another Member State without being discriminated against on grounds of nationality. Free movement of workers – what does it mean? Free movement of persons is one of the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by Community law. It is perhaps the most important right under Community law for individuals, and an essential element of European citizenship. For workers, this freedom has existed since the foundation of the European Community in 1957. It is laid down in article 39 of the EC Treaty and it entails:

• the right to look for a job in another Member State

• the right to work in another Member State

• the right to reside there for that purpose

• the right to remain there

• the right to equal treatment in respect of access to employment, working conditions and all other advantages which could help to facilitate the worker’s integration in the host Member State

The concept and implications of this freedom have been interpreted and developed by the case-law of the European Court of Justice, including the concept of worker itself. You can find detailed information on the case-law in the Communication from the Commission: “Free movement of workers – achieving the full benefits and potential” (COM(2002)694). Community rules on free movement of workers also apply to Member States of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The right to free movement of workers is complemented by a system for the co-ordination of social security schemes and by a system to ensure the mutual recognition of diplomas

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Free Movement of Workers and the Principle of Equal Treatment and the Treaties of the European Union

Description of Free Movement of Workers and the Principle of Equal Treatment provided by the European Union Commission: Every citizen of the EU has the right to work and live in another Member State without being discriminated against on grounds of nationality. Free movement of workers – what does it mean? Free movement of persons is one of the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by Community law. It is perhaps the most important right under Community law for individuals, and an essential element of European citizenship. For workers, this freedom has existed since the foundation of the European Community in 1957. It is laid down in article 39 of the EC Treaty and it entails:

• the right to look for a job in another Member State

• the right to work in another Member State

• the right to reside there for that purpose

• the right to remain there

• the right to equal treatment in respect of access to employment, working conditions and all other advantages which could help to facilitate the worker’s integration in the host Member State

The concept and implications of this freedom have been interpreted and developed by the case-law of the European Court of Justice, including the concept of worker itself. You can find detailed information on the case-law in the Communication from the Commission: “Free movement of workers – achieving the full benefits and potential” (COM(2002)694). Community rules on free movement of workers also apply to Member States of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The right to free movement of workers is complemented by a system for the co-ordination of social security schemes and by a system to ensure the mutual recognition of diplomas

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Hierarchical Display of Free movement of workers

Employment And Working Conditions > Employment > Employment policy > EU employment policy
Law > Rights and freedoms > Rights of the individual > Freedom of movement
Law > International law > Public international law > Free movement of persons
European Union > European construction > Deepening of the European Union > Single market
European Union > European construction > Deepening of the European Union > Citizens\’ Europe
Employment And Working Conditions > Labour market > Labour force > Migrant worker
Social Questions > Migration > Migration > Occupational migration
Law > Rights and freedoms > Anti-discriminatory measure > Discrimination on the basis of nationality
Employment And Working Conditions > Labour market > Labour force > Worker (EU)
Employment And Working Conditions > Labour market > Labour market > Labour mobility

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Employment And Working Conditions > Employment > Employment policy > EU employment policy > Free movement of workers
Law > Rights and freedoms > Rights of the individual > Freedom of movement > Free movement of workers
Law > International law > Public international law > Free movement of persons > Free movement of workers
European Union > European construction > Deepening of the European Union > Single market > Free movement of workers
European Union > European construction > Deepening of the European Union > Citizens\’ Europe > Free movement of workers
Employment And Working Conditions > Labour market > Labour force > Migrant worker > Free movement of workers
Social Questions > Migration > Migration > Occupational migration > Free movement of workers
Law > Rights and freedoms > Anti-discriminatory measure > Discrimination on the basis of nationality > Free movement of workers
Employment And Working Conditions > Labour market > Labour force > Worker (EU) > Free movement of workers
Employment And Working Conditions > Labour market > Labour market > Labour mobility > Free movement of workers

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  • Freedom of movement for workers