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EU Law Directions

EU Law Directions (7th edn)

Nigel Foster
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date: 22 June 2024

p. 31912. Free movement of personslocked

p. 31912. Free movement of personslocked

  • Nigel FosterNigel FosterFRSA


This chapter examines European Union (EU) law concerning the free movement of workers, establishment, services, and citizenship. It traces the historical development of the free movement rights of the self-employed and other workers and discusses the relevant provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). It explains the criteria for being considered an EU worker and describes the basic rights of those economically active EU nationals. It also considers the right of member states to refuse entry or order deportation and explains the procedural rights of persons facing such decisions. It considers the extension of free movement rights, which significantly affected the position of third-country nationals (TCNs), the wholly internal situations, and the extension of free movement rights into European citizenship. This chapter also discusses the general free movement provisions of the EU Directives and the Maastricht Treaty and analyses the case law of citizenship Articles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), explaining the principle of the wholly internal rule and the treatment of TCNs.

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