Motion for a resolution - B7-0025/2014Motion for a resolution

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on respect for the fundamental right of free movement in the EU

13.1.2014 - (2013/2960(RSP))

to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission
pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

Manfred Weber, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Véronique Mathieu Houillon, Csaba Őry, Jacek Protasiewicz, Wim van de Camp, Arkadiusz Tomasz Bratkowski, Jan Kozłowski, Danuta Jazłowiecka, Ivo Belet, Edit Bauer, Traian Ungureanu, Andrey Kovatchev, Elena Băsescu, Marco Scurria, Salvatore Iacolino, Joanna Katarzyna Skrzydlewska, Elmar Brok on behalf of the PPE Group

See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0016/2014

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European Parliament resolution on respect for the fundamental right of free movement in the EU


The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Articles 21, 45, 47 and 151 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and to Articles 15, 21, 29, 34 and 45 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–   having regard to Article 7 of Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States[1],

–   having regard to Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on freedom of movement for workers within the Union[2],

–   having regard to the Commission communication of 25 November 2013 entitled ‘Free movement of EU citizens and their families: Five actions to make a difference’ (COM(2013)0837),

–   having regard to the Commission communication of 13 July 2010 entitled ‘Reaffirming the free movement of workers: rights and major developments’ (COM(2010)0373),

–   having regard to Vice-President Reding’s statement to the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 5 December 2013 on free movement,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the right of free movement is one of four main fundamental freedoms of the EU;

B.  whereas it is proven that in many Member States legal EU mobile workers’ net contribution to the host country’s welfare system is equal to that of national workers;

C. whereas the advantages of free movement of EU mobile workers to the host country’s development are visible all over Europe, especially in the areas of health, agriculture and construction;

D. whereas all Member States are free to decide which social security benefits to grant and under what conditions; whereas EU rules on the coordination of social security do not allow for restrictions on social security benefits in the case of EU nationals who are workers, direct family members of workers or habitually resident in the Member State in question;

E.  whereas the recent evolution of our societies, notably as a result of industrial change, globalisation, new work patterns, demographic change and the development of means of transport, calls for a higher degree of mobility among workers;

F.  whereas the free movement of workers represents a positive socioeconomic example for both the EU and its Member States, being a milestone for EU integration, economic development, social cohesion and individual upgrading of professional skills, counteracting the negative effects of the economic crisis and creating a stronger economic power that is prepared to face the challenges of global change;

G. whereas as of 1 January 2014, transitional arrangements for the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania have been abolished;

H. whereas UK Prime Minister David Cameron has recently made several populist statements undermining the right to free movement;

1.  Calls on the Member States to honour their Treaty obligations as regards EU rules on freedom of movement;

2.  Calls on the Member States to ensure that the principles of equality and the fundamental right to freedom of movement are upheld for all Member States of the European Union;

3.  Calls on the Member States to refrain from any actions that could affect the right of free movement, which is based on core EU legislation;

4.  Calls on the Commission and the Member States to ensure that labour law is strictly enforced so as to guarantee equal treatment of all EU workers and fair competition among businesses;

5.  Recalls that the free movement of workers gives all citizens of the Union, irrespective of their place of residence, the right to move freely to another Member State in order to work and/or to reside there for work purposes; recalls that it protects them against discrimination on the grounds of nationality as regards access to employment, working and employment conditions, access to training, and social and tax benefits;

6.  Calls on the Member States not to discriminate against EU mobile workers, wrongfully associating the right of free movement for work purposes with alleged unlawful social security and social assistance claims and social security benefit abuses;

7.  Calls on the Commission to undertake systematic and thorough monitoring of respect for the fundamental right of free movement for legal EU workers;

8.  Reminds the Member States of their social responsibility to tackle misuse of their social welfare systems, regardless of whether it is committed by their own citizens or by citizens of other Member States; calls on the Member States to comply with the provisions of Directive 2004/38/EC and to address possible abuses;

9.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.