Free movement : Greece
Information on the transitional rules governing the free movement of workers from, to and between the new member states
In the Member Countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) 1 the free movement of workers is a fundamental right which permits nationals of one EEA country to work in another EEA country on the same conditions as that member state’s own citizens.
During a transitional period of up to 7 years after the accession of Croatia on 1 July 2013, certain conditions may be applied that restrict the free movement of workers from and to Croatia
These restrictions only concern the freedom of movement for the purpose of taking up a job and they may differ from one member state to another.
By selecting a country in the list below you will find out which rules apply in that country to job seekers from other member states.
The country you have selected does not apply any restrictions on the access to its labour market by citizens of other EEA countries.
You will find below a short general description of the policies concerning the free movement of workers applied by this country.
We also suggest that you check the "Living and Working Conditions" section, by clicking in the left hand column, where you will find, among other things, information on administrative procedures etc. to be followed by EEA citizens who want to live and work in this country.
Free circulation of nationals from the new Member States for the purposes of paid employment
Greece, considering that the principle of the free movement of workers is one of the fundamental principles of European integration, imposes no restrictions on citizens from the other Member States of the European Union (EU) with regard to access to the labour market.
Specifically, the barriers limiting the right of entry for the purposes of paid employment of nationals from the eight new Member States were lifted as of 1 May 2006. By this decision, Greece welcomes all citizens from the Accession States (Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia Lithuania, Latvia and Poland) by giving them equal rights of residence and employment as other EU citizens, in accordance with the principle of the free movement of workers.
Consequently, as from the abovementioned date, nationals from the eight new EU Member States will be treated by the Greek authorities, in particular with regard to paid employment, as Community nationals.
Please also consult the service on living and working conditions (τμήμα Συνθήκες Διαβίωσης και Εργασίας), by clicking in the left-hand column, where you will find, among other things, information on the administrative procedures which must be followed by EU citizens seeking to live and work in Greece. Job-seekers from the new Member States will be treated on an equal footing with those of the old Member States. It follows that they can register at employment agencies and receive a job-seeker’s allowance.
* Legal notice - disclaimer
The information on the transitional rules for the free movement of workers from, to, and between the new Member States has been supplied by the EURES members (The national public employment services) in the respective Member States, in co-operation with other competent national authorities, who have made every effort to ensure its accuracy. We cannot, however, guarantee that the information is always comprehensive, complete, accurate and up to date, and nor should the publication on the EURES Job mobility portal be taken to imply that the European Commission or its services agree on the way the transitional arrangements are applied in the country in question. The Commission accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from the publication of this information.
Please also see this important legal notice: