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Freedom OF Movement Of Workers Within The European Union

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: EP}

European Parliament Think Tank

Free Movement of Workers within the EU







Free movement of workers

One of the four freedoms enjoyed by EU citizens is the free movement of workers.

This includes the rights of movement and residence for workers, the rights of entry and residence for family members, and the right to work in another Member State and be treated on an equal footing with nationals of that Member State.

Restrictions apply in some countries for citizens of Member States that have recently acceded to the EU. The rules on access to social benefits are currently shaped primarily by the case law of the Court of Justice.


Freedom of movement for workers is one of the founding principles of the EU. It is laid down in Article 45 of the TFEU and is a fundamental right of workers. It entails the abolition of any discrimination based on nationality between workers of the Member States as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment.

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