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Freedom of movement boost for EU workers 07/11/2013 Members of the EU Parliamentary Committee on Employment and Social Affairs have agreed on measures that will help EU citizens who want to work in another member state.

Freedom of movement boost for EU workers

Members of the EU Parliamentary Committee on Employment and Social Affairs have agreed on measures that will help EU citizens who want to work in another member state.

The proposals include clarifying their right to freedom of movement, providing suitable means of redress at national level if they suffer discrimination, and setting up contact and information points in the member states.

According to European Commission figures, 6.6 million EU citizens lived and worked in a member state other than their own in 2012, accounting for over 3% of all workers in the EU. A further 1.2 million people lived in one EU country but worked in another.

However, a 2011 study found that 15% of EU citizens would not consider working in another member state because they felt that there were too many obstacles.

"The right of EU citizens to work in another member state is laid down in the Treaty and EU legislation. However discrimination based on nationality still remains. This legislation aims at clarifying, facilitating and better applying the rights under existing EU legislation but does not create new ones and does not impose new obligations on member states. The well-functioning single market should include an obstacle-free and smooth free movement of workers," said rapporteur, Edit Bauer (EPP, SK).

The Committee-approved measures set out a negotiating mandate for the European Parliament to take forward when it meets with national governments in the Council.

 

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