29 Nov 2013

Cameron’s Proposals to Limit EU Citizens’ Access to the UK: Lawful or not, under EU rules?

Elspeth Guild

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This Commentary briefly examines each of Prime Minister Cameron's headline proposals to limit EU citizens’ access to social benefits. Are these proposals in breach of the UK’s obligations under EU law? The paper also makes some general comments about the end of the transitional arrangements for Bulgarian and Romanian work-seekers, and ‘benefits tourism’ in general.

Elspeth Guild is Associate Senior Research Fellow in the Justice and Home Affairs Section at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary, University of London as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.