Freedom of movement

What is Freedom of Movement?

The EU treaties guarantee fundamental rights to all EU citizens:

  • Free movement of persons :All citizens of an EU Member State have the right to move, work, study and live in another Member State.
  • Free movement of goods: Goods produced in one EU Member State can be sold in another Member State, under certain conditions.
  • Free movement of services: All citizens have the right to provide and receive services in another Member State.

However, persons with disabilities cannot yet fully enjoy their freedom of movement and have difficulties accessing mainstream goods and services, under the same conditions as any other EU citizen. They do not have the same opportunities as persons without disabilities: they face barriers when studying, looking for a job, travelling, purchasing goods and services or simply accessing information.

Our Campaign

EDF launched the Freedom of Movement campaign in 2011 to promote the removal of all barriers for persons with disabilities in the EU.

EDF’s actions are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), which has been ratified by the EU. It has now to be fully implemented in all aspects and the EU has been reviewed for the first time by the UN Committee in 2014 – 2015. The EU Institutions also have to deliver on the Disability Strategy 2010-2020, which notably includes accessibility and participation as priority areas. Full accessibility is an essential step for enabling freedom of movement.Therefore, EDF has focused on two major projects under the campaign:

  • the European Accessibility Act and
  • the European Disability Card.

The launch of the campaign was accompanied by the publication of the Freedom Guide, assessing Freedom of movement for persons with disabilities in the EU and identifying the barriers that they are currently facing. It alsoincluded a number of recommendations to policy makers.

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