What are Your Rights in the EU?

Our publication 'Your Rights in the European Union' (available in Easy-to-Read)

The EU treaties guarantee fundamental rights to all EU citizens – that means to people with the nationality of a Member State of the European Union:

  • Free movement of persons: All citizens of an EU Member State have the right to travel, 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.
  • Free movement of capital: Capital movement and payments cannot be restricted across Member States. For EU citizens, this means, for example, the ability to open bank accounts abroad or purchase property such as land, houses, or buildings in another EU country.

Considerable progress has been made since 1997 to facilitate the freedom of movement of persons with disabilities. Besides freedoms that apply to all EU citizens, EU laws also grant rights that may benefit people living or travelling in EU countries who are not EU citizens.