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YEA annual trends

11 November 2022

Your Europe Advice (YEA) is an online EU advice service for the public on the EU rights of citizens and businesses that ECAS manages under contract with, and on behalf of, the European Commission.

YEA consists of a team of about 60 lawyers who cover all 24 official EU languages and are familiar both with EU law and national laws in all EU countries. The experts respond to the questions within 72 hours, free of charge and in the language chosen by the user. Enquiries may also be submitted via an online form (here). Every year the YEA experts answer around 21,000 enquiries.

Based on the 20,000 – 25,000 enquiries of citizens responded to in the previous year, ECAS develops a report that identifies key trends in obstacles to free movement. These trends provide useful information about the problems experienced by citizens and businesses who seek to exercise their right to free movement as well as policy recommendations for addressing the challenges.

Your Europe Advice answers questions from…

  • Individuals who are nationals of the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein;
  • Non-Europeans – if they are family members of an EU national or resident in an EU country;
  • Businesses having their seat in the EU;
  • European/national information and advice services, on behalf of individuals.

Questions about…

  • A real (not theoretical) situation – even if it is just an intention to move to another EU country;
  • Rights in one or more EU countries and under EU law Typical areas for enquiries;
  • EU rights when travelling, living, working, retiring or studying in another EU country;
  • The rights of consumers within the EU

You may access the 2022 report via the link below.

Social Security, Residence and Entry rights remain key concerns in 2021. COVID-19 and Brexit exacerbated existing problems. The COVID-19 crisis has caused far-reaching changes over a very short period. Tele-working and digital work, although not new phenomena, grew exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions. The pandemic also impacted workers’ mobility.

YEA annual trends reports and infographics from previous years may be accessed via the links below.