The Union Citizenship and its effect on the free movement of

Union Citizenship has radically changed the concept of movement and has loosen the link between free movement and economic activities. The principle of free movement has become a real and individual right which entitles European citizens to move freely within the European Union.

The right of European citizens to free movement is specified in the new directive on free movement. This directive is primarily a codification of former secondary legislation brought into one single legislative act. The right to free movement in the directive is however not unlimited. Restrictions may occur in relation to public policy, public security or public health. Restrictions may also exist in secondary legislation, for instance the requirement that non-economically active individuals must be covered by a health insurance and have adequate support. These restrictions could impose limitations on the actual possibility to exercise the right to free movement. The issue of the Union Citizenship and its purpose and future tendencies from a Swedish perspective is presented in this Report.

The report was presented at the seminar The Union Citizenship and its effect on the free movement of people and is a part of the research project The EU's Internal Market: Effects on Central Areas.

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