free movement of persons

free movement of persons

the right of persons to move freely within the EUROPEAN UNION. One of the essential components of the common market of the European Communities. The rules on this topic are considered by the Court of Justice of the European Union to be of fundamental importance. The principle of non-discrimination is fundamental to the treaties. The free movement rules have DIRECT EFFECT. There is a distinction made in the rules between workers who are employed and earn a wage and non-wage earners such as tradesmen and professionals. Wage earners' freedom is protected by rules on non-discrimination on ground ofnationality. Non-wage earners are protected by provisions on freedom of establishment and the right to provide services. Workers have the right to accept job offers and also have the right to free movement if they seriously want to work as an employed person. The rules protect certain part-time workers. The worker may stay in another Member State and may take his family with him. Indeed, extensive rights are given to the worker's family to give substance to the worker's right to move. A worker may stay after having been employed. Rules have been laid down to make sure that workers do not lose social security rights. Free movement of workers can be restricted on the basis of public policy, public security or public health (as defined by the Community). As far as non-wage earners are concerned, the rules are found under FREEDOM OF ESTABLISHMENT and under FREE MOVEMENT OF SERVICES.
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The adoption of this regulation aims to prevent ECOWAS Member States from being forced to sign bilateral agreements, and also encourage the free movement of persons and goods within the Community for commercial and non-commercial purposes while guaranteeing against multiple taxation.
The EEA is an internal market providing for free movement of persons, goods, services and capital, and comprises the 28 EU members plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
European ministers said in December 2014 that the EU "considers that the free movement of persons is a fundamental pillar of EU policy and that the internal market and its four freedoms are indivisible.
From an international point of view, Europe is unusual in allowing free movement of persons and their right to seek employment across the Union.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) treaty is a significant step towards integrating the countries that make up the African market, especially as it includes trade, investment, and, at a later stage, the free movement of persons, according to Al-Zomor.
Free movement of persons between the government and rebel areas in Southern Kordofan.
The Schengen area is the space formed by the territory of European states - currently 26 - where internal border controls have been abolished to facilitate the free movement of persons and goods among states.
The release of this financial grant of $302,000 to NEXIM Bank under the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund [which is] managed by African Development Bank is an attestation of the confidence the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as other key stakeholders in our commitment, especially through the SEALINK Project, to facilitate the free movement of persons, goods and services within the West and Central African sub-regions," he said.
It is aimed at creating between Member States a common market based on the free movement of persons, goods, services, capital and the establishment rights for citizens engaged in liberal or waged activities, as well as on a common external tariff and a trade policy.
Another prerequisite is the construction of connection networks for the different infrastructure to facilitate the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital between the Maghreb countries and open wide opportunities and prospects for the creation of wealth and employment.
On 11 March, Luxembourg and Austria both pointed out that the Swiss system of direct democracy was a permanent risk of unpleasant surprises for the Union - as evidenced by the outcome of the country's 9 February vote on free movement of persons.
German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert noted that "the free movement of persons is also a chance for the Germans and Germany.