Living and working in the internal market

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Living and working in the internal market

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Living and working in the internal market


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Living and working in the internal market

The free movement of persons is one of the fundamental principles guaranteed by the European Union (EU). Any EU resident has the right to travel, live, study, work, become established or provide a service in another Member State without being subject to nationality-based discrimination. The EU works towards making freedom of movement effective and simple within its borders, in particular concerning social security schemes.
The counterpart of the free movement of persons is an external border policy which is designed to guarantee an area of freedom, security and justice and covers the entry and stay of non-Europeans.

Free movement of workers

  • Free movement of workers: taking stock of their rights
  • Free movement of workers: general provisions
  • Right of Union citizens and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States
  • Achieving the full benefits and potential of free movement of workers

Skills and mobility

  • System for the recognition of professional qualifications
  • Lawyers: freedom of establishment
  • European Qualifications Framework
  • EUROPASS – Serving citizen mobility
  • EURES: the European Employment and Job Mobility Network
  • European Job Mobility Action Plan (2007-2010)
  • Action plan for skills and mobility
  • European Year of Workers’ Mobility (2006)

Social Protection

  • Coordination of social security systems
  • European health insurance card
  • Combating social security fraud and undeclared work (Code of conduct)
  • Tackling tax obstacles to the cross-border provision of occupational pensions
  • Workers’ mobility: facilitating the acquisition and preservation of supplementary pension rights
  • Safeguarding supplementary pension rights

Nationals of non-EU member countries

  • Entry and residence of highly qualified workers (EU Blue Card)
  • Admission and residence of researchers from third countries
  • Conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service
  • Sanctions against the employment of illegally staying non-EU nationals
  • Policy plan on legal migration
  • Limitations on the admission of third-country nationals for employment
  • Limitations on the admission of third-country nationals for the purpose of pursuing activities as self-employed persons
  • Agreement with the Swiss Federation: free movement of persons
  • Agreement on the European Economic Area

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