The free movement of persons is a fundamental right in the European Internal Market, and gives citizens of the 30 EEA countries the opportunity to live, work, establish business and study in any of these countries. EU legislation in this field aims at eliminating all obstacles to the freedom of movement and to give workers, self-employed people, students, pensioners and their family members the same rights within the European Economic Area by eliminating any discrimination on the basis of nationality.
Subcommittee III on the Free Movement of Persons under the Standing Committee of the EFTA States coordinates matters related to all aspects of the movement of people, including the mutual recognition of diplomas and social security. Two of the working groups (Free Movement of Workers and Employment and Social Security), together with the three related working groups under Subcommittee IV, prepared for the participation of the EEA EFTA States in the EU Programme for Employment and Solidarity - Progress - for the period 2007 to 2013.
Read more about the policy areas dealt with by Subcommittee III in the Persons section .