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Parliamentary questions
29 September 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  German state's ban on citizens migrating within the EU

On 27 August 2014, the German Government approved a bill to stop the ‘abuse of the welfare state’ which, in its view, is being perpetrated by citizens of other EU Member States within German borders.

Germany is following the path of the Belgian Government, condemned in written question E-000335/2014. Indeed, Belgium, in 2013, expelled 2712 citizens of other Member States using the same ‘abuse of the welfare state’ formula, taking advantage of the leeway which is given to Member States by Directive 2004/38/EC, allowing EU citizens living in a country that is not their country of origin to be expelled and treated differently.

1. In the Commission’s view, does this proposal comply with legislation relating to health insurance, namely Directive 2011/24/EC, and with Article 35 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU?

2. Does the Commission believe that this bill complies with all the provisions of Directive2004/38/EC?

3. Will the Commission propose amendments to Directive 2004/38/EC to ensure there is genuine mobility, with no limits, within the borders of the Union?

Original language of question: ES 
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