Freedom of movement for EU public documents

30-01-2014

Around 2.5% of the EU population is resident in a Member State (MS) other than that of their origin. In the past decade, increasing numbers of EU citizens have taken advantage of free movement within the internal market, wishing to live, work or study in another MS. However, according to the European Commission, this freedom may be curtailed in practice by the need for European citizens and legal persons to have the host State recognise public documents and certificates from their State of origin. For example, problems are experienced in cases related to driving licences, accessing social services or tax benefits, avoiding double taxation, looking for a job, and getting married or divorced.

Around 2.5% of the EU population is resident in a Member State (MS) other than that of their origin. In the past decade, increasing numbers of EU citizens have taken advantage of free movement within the internal market, wishing to live, work or study in another MS. However, according to the European Commission, this freedom may be curtailed in practice by the need for European citizens and legal persons to have the host State recognise public documents and certificates from their State of origin. For example, problems are experienced in cases related to driving licences, accessing social services or tax benefits, avoiding double taxation, looking for a job, and getting married or divorced.