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Event Report – Free Movement of Persons in the EU: A Loved and Feared Reality

19 May 2017
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In the 60 years since the concept of free movement of persons was first established in the Treaty of Rome, it has evolved to become the cornerstone of EU citizenship, granting EU citizens the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the member states. Today, despite the various challenges it faces, it remains the most cherished right of EU citizens.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the conference was organised to address the current obstacles to free movement and strategies for restoring trust in this fundamental EU right and had two explicit aims:

  • Identify the current challenges to the fundamental EU right of free movement; and
  • Explore viable strategies and actions for restoring trust in, and recognition of, this most notable achievement of the European project for citizens.

The conference featured keynote addresses by MEPs Jill Evans and Jean Lambert from the Greens/EFA group, and had two panels of representatives from EU institutions and civil society, as well as experts in EU and national law.

It was attended by over 100 participants, received over 150 views online and was featured, along with the Your Europe Advice 2016 Annual Trends Report that was presented at the conference, in a number of news outlets, including EUobserverThe Independent and Euractiv.

Read the full report here

Watch the conference here

Presentations: Anthony Valcke; Marie Denninghaus; Monika Mosshammer

Your Europe Advice 2016 Annual Trends