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Yves Bertoncini

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Freedom of movement in the EU: like the air that we breathe?

on January 31, 2014, 09:00
Tribune - Yves Bertoncini and António Vitorino


The right to complete freedom of movement granted to Bulgarian and Romanian citizens at the beginning of 2014 has sparked a debate António Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini call to address in both a realistic and a pro-active manner on the basis of three sets of complementary arguments.

1. The right to freedom of movement is not the same thing as the right to unconditional settlement.
2. The right to settle is exercised in a manner that is both limited and profitable for host countries.
3. While its exercise may indeed cause problems, the right to freedom of movement nevertheless is often used as a scapegoat.

Exercise of the right to freedom of movement is not as natural as "the air that we breathe", and indeed the disputes and controversies that it sparks should also remind citizens eager to maintain it that they need to vote in May 2014 in such a way as to firmly defend this crucial milestone in the construction of Europe.

A shorter version of this Tribune has been published on

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