EU Workers

EU Workers
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Free movement of persons is one of the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by community law (Article 39 of the EC Treaty) and is also an essential element of European citizenship. Community rules on free movement of workers also apply to member states of the European Economic Area (i.e. to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The relevant rights are complemented by a system for the co-ordination of social security schemes and by a system to ensure the mutual recognition of diplomas.

The Accession Treaty allows for the introduction of 'transitional measures.' Commonly referred to in EU circles as the '2+3+2-year arrangement', this scheme gives the possibility to the member states to keep restrictions in place on the labour market.

European Commission

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