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EU Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

EU Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (8th edn)

Matthew Homewood and Clare Smith
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date: 04 June 2023

p. 1226. Free movement of personslocked

p. 1226. Free movement of personslocked

  • Matthew J. HomewoodMatthew J. HomewoodDeputy Dean and Associate Professor, Nottingham Law School
  •  and Clare SmithClare SmithSenior Lecturer, Nottingham Law School


This chapter discusses the law on the free movement of persons in the EU. Free movement of persons is one of the four ‘freedoms’ of the internal market. Original EC Treaty provisions granted free movement rights to the economically active: workers, persons exercising the right of establishment, and persons providing services in another Member State. The Treaty also set out the general principle of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality, ‘within the scope of application of the Treaty’. All these provisions are now contained in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Early secondary legislation granted rights to family members, students, retired persons, and persons of independent means. The Citizenship Directive 2004/38 consolidated this legislation.

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