November 11, 2014
As we’ve said on many occasions, it is not only the UK that is having problems reconciling EU free movement with maintaining control over national welfare systems; Germany has recently tightened up its own domestic rules recently and the country also faced a legal challenge from a Romanian woman living in the country who claimed the right to receive German unemployment benefits – a case which was referred all the way up to the ECJ.
Essentially, the Dano case concerns the interpretation of existing rules around EU free movement and the extent to which EU migrants have a right to equal treatment with nationals of the host member state with regards to access to benefits,
The Court has finally issued its verdict today, ruling that:
“The [2004 free movement] directive thus seeks to prevent economically inactive Union citizens from using the host Member State’s welfare system to fund their means of subsistence. A Member […]