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Free Movement: 5 Actions to Make a Difference

Date: 08/10/2013

At a meeting of Home Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg today, the European Commission has put forward five concrete actions to strengthen the right to free movement while helping Member States to deal with challenging situations if they arise. On the basis of information on free movement, provided by Member States, Vice-President Viviane Reding presented a snapshot of free movement in the European Union and its economic effects, including on national social benefits systems. As a conclusion to the presentation the European Commission put forward five concrete actions which – if implemented by EU countries ­- will help ensure that EU free movement rules are applied effectively and available funds used efficiently. This move is a concrete follow-up to the discussion on free movement that took place at the Home Affairs Council on 8 June 2013.

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