Free movement of persons is one of the core freedoms of the European Internal Market. This area is covered by Article 28 of the EEA AgreementAnnex V on the Free Movement of Workers and Annex VIII on the Right of Establishment. Accordingly, nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) have the same right as EU citizens to take up an economic activity anywhere in the EU/EEA without being discriminated against on the grounds of their nationality. Equally, EU citizens have the right to work and reside in the EEA EFTA States. Non-economically active persons such as pensioners, students and family members of EEA nationals are also entitled to move and reside anywhere in the EU/EEA subject to certain conditions as set out in the relevant EU legislation.

See also:

DG Employment - Free movement of workers

DG Justice - Right to move and reside freely within Europe

Internal Market Division

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Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 13 February 2020