About: free movement of people

Swiss government warns voters against cancelling EU free-movement pact

The Swiss government on Tuesday (11 February) urged voters to reject a referendum push by the right-wing Swiss People's Party to end an accord with the European Union on the free movement of citizens.

Britain will not exclude possible EU oversight of Irish border

Britain will not rule out the possibility of the European Union retaining oversight of customs controls at UK borders after it leaves the bloc, as the country seeks ways to keep unhindered access to EU markets following Brexit.
Brexit 18-08-2017

The UK should realise that Ireland is an island

The fixation amongst Brexiteers to take back control of Britain's borders makes resolving the Irish border issue nearly impossible, writes Dick Roche.
Economy & Jobs 15-06-2017

Commission should launch infringement procedure against UK for abuse of EU free movement rights

Mattia Bosio and Mauro Striano argue that the European Commission should sanction the UK for criminalising homelessness as a way to avoid its obligations regarding free movement in the EU.
Brexit 02-03-2017

Brexit bill delayed as Lords fight EU nationals’ corner

The United Kingdom’s upper house, the House of Lords, voted last night (1 March) to amend and thereby delay a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to begin Brexit negotiations, demanding guarantees for EU nationals living in Britain.
Brexit 08-02-2017

Knowledge: A Swiss Army knife for Brexit?

The Swiss and British referendums of 2014 and 2016, respectively, share some parallels. The way the Alpine republic resolved its dispute about free movement offers a number of lessons as the date for making Brexit official looms ever nearer, writes Giorgio Clarotti.
Agrifood 18-01-2017

Spain lodges complaint after French vandals attack wine lorries

The Spanish embassy in Paris has lodged a complaint with French authorities about a number of attacks made on Spanish lorries transporting wine across their shared border over the last 48 hours. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-12-2016

Luxembourg MEP: Associate citizenship for Brits is ‘an offer, not an obligation’

Many fear that the UK's decision to leave the EU will strip British citizens of their right to free movement around the bloc. EURACTIV Germany spoke to the MEP trying to protect that right.
Brexit 01-12-2016

EU ambassadors claim Boris Johnson privately supports free movement

Britain's pro-Brexit foreign minister, Boris Johnson, has told at least four European Union ambassadors that he personally favours free movement with the bloc, UK media reported yesterday (30 November).
Brexit 19-10-2016

Brexit will dominate Council summit behind the scenes

With London and Brussels going head to head over Brexit, the EU's leaders are eagerly awaiting Theresa May's first European Council summit this week. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 10-10-2016

British MPs insist parliament must vote on ‘hard’ Brexit

A group of British politicians called today (10 October) for a parliamentary vote on the UK's future relations with the EU, warning the option of a hard Brexit that has hit the pound would be a "grave danger".
Future EU 19-09-2016

Freedom of movement: Non-negotiable

The Bratislava summit yielded very little in tangible results. As the EU struggles to deal with pressures from all directions, freedom of movement of people, one of the four pillars, has come under scrutiny. Ulrike Guérot asks if the EU is still for people or merely for trade.
Brexit 26-07-2016

Juncker tells UK: No single market without freedom of movement

Britain will need months of preparation before Brexit talks can start, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday (26 July), adding there would be no single market without accepting freedom of movement.
Brexit 07-01-2016

Merkel tells Cameron a ‘reasonable package’ should avoid Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (6 January) she wanted talks to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the European Union to produce a "reasonable package" that would keep Britain in the bloc.
Economy & Jobs 05-05-2015

Juncker: ‘I want a fair deal with Britain’

“Britain is not in a situation to impose its exclusive agenda (on) all the other member states of Europe,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, only days before the UK holds a general election.

Juncker tells Britain to ease up on migrants

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain not to discriminate against workers from fellow EU countries and said any moves to restrict the free movement of people could ultimately harm capital flows into London's financial centre.
Languages & Culture 18-09-2014

The formal cooling of EU-Swiss relations

The EU has this summer refused Switzerland's request to renegotiate a bilateral treaty on free movement after Swiss voters chose to close the country's borders to Croatian workers. As a result, the Erasmus programme will be interrupted, penalising European students, and the proposed interconnection of the electricity market will not get off the ground.
Brexit 10-07-2014

Farage told free movement of workers in EU is non-negotiable

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker told UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage last night (10 July) the free movement of workers in the EU was a non-negotiable fundamental right but added he did not believe in a “United States of Europe”.
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Global Europe 14-02-2014

Barroso criticises Switzerland after anti-immigration vote

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso warned Switzerland on Thursday that it risks loosing access to the European single market if it continues with plans to restrict EU immigration. Barroso's comments came after the Swiss government said on Wednesday it will draft legislation to limit immigration by the end of the year.
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Reding urges UK citizens to make ‘informed decisions’ on EU membership

As EU elections approach, EU Justice commissioner Viviane Reding said on Monday that there is a need for more information about the European Union across EU member states. Amid increasing debate on immigration and free movement of people across the 28 nation bloc, Reding urged British citizens to make 'informed decisions' on the future of Britain's EU membership.

Eastward Schengen expansion to have ‘minimal’ impact on France

The extension of the Schengen zone to include the newest EU members from Central and Eastern Europe has not revived fears of a renewed influx of "Polish plumbers" in France, EURACTIV France reports.

Frattini under fire for defending Italy’s handling of Roma

The European Parliament has called on the Commission to clarify how rules on the free movement of citizens should be applied, criticising recent statements by Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini in which he justified Italy's decision to deport Roma in a move to crack down on crime.

Schengen passport-free zone extended to EU’s eastern members

The EU justice and interior ministers on 8 November cleared the way for the enlargement of the Schengen area to include nine of the new eastern member states, making passport-free travel to and from these countries a reality by December. 

Administrations identified as main obstacles to mobility

Existing EU law intended to facilitate the mobility of labour and the free circulation of people in Europe is not being applied by local, regional, national and even EU authorities, citizens at a forum in Brussels found.