Every day thousands of Irish citizens exercise their fundamental right to move freely within the EU.
Workers, students, shoppers, holiday makers and business people can cross borders without restriction and they’re protected by much of the same legislation that keeps them safe at home.
As an island nation most travellers from Ireland fly abroad and thanks to deregulation of the airline industry across the EU and Single European Sky legislation adopted in 2004 which restricted uncompetitive practices, it’s a cost effective way of moving about.
The European Aviation Safety Agency, established by the EU in 2003, has also made flying safer and co-operation between member states through the Air Traffic Management System means it’s very efficient.
The EU has also made travelling by ferry safer too by implementing rules to protect passengers and crew sailing to and from European ports.
It’s easy to drive across Europe too, as a full Irish driving licence is valid across all EU states and motor insurance policies automatically provide the minimum cover.
In the event of an emergency dialling 112 will put you directly in touch with the emergency services in any EU country.
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