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Basic European rights to free movement under threat

Conference - Brussels, Belgium

On Tuesday 27 January, Europeans throughout the World (ETTW) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in cooperation with the Latvian EU presidency will organise a conference on 'Basic European rights to free movement under threat'.

Eurobarometer polls show that free movement is the European Union’s most popular achievement. Since the fall of the Berlin wall, the younger generation has gained Europe-wide freedom, but it is not one that can be taken for granted. Whilst all the evidence shows the advantages of free movement of people, this basic European citizenship right is increasingly under threat, which in turn is a threat to the EU itself.

Defending European rights to free movement is the main focus of this event.

Three panels will provide recommendations for civil society organisations, policy-makers and the EU institutions:

  • Clarifying the agenda/ Dialogue with the EU institutions
    Emerging from the June 2014 European elections, what is on the EU institutions' agenda for free movement and migration? What are the priorities on the ground, as seen from the perspective of migrant communities?
  • Collating the evidence/ Hearing from researchers
    Most economists agree that free movement of people and migration are win-win situations for countries of origin, host countries and migrants themselves. How can we maximise the advantages and counteract negative side effects?
  • Combating scaremongering about free movement and migration
    What strategies on the ground and communication techniques are effective to combat the challenges of free movement? The conclusions from the event will be taken to a conference being held in Riga on 11–12 May in partnership with the Council Presidency.


Download the full background material below.


Tuesday 27 January from 2:30 pm
at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1000 Brussels, Room VMA 3.