In the past years, the number of mobile EU citizens (i.e. EU citizens residing in another EU member state than their own) has steadily increased. While free movement is at the core of European integration, mobile EU citizens face an increased risk of “falling through the cracks” of social security systems, hindering access to their rights and entitlements. At the policy level, narrow interpretations of the Citizens Rights Directive (2004/38/EC) and some of its key concepts have led to a restrictive application of the right to free movement in practice.
Under this theematic fund, EPIM supports projects of civil society organisations who aim to:
- Increase EU institutions’ role in monitoring and providing guidance to EU Member States on the transposition, interpretation and application of the Citizens’ Rights Directive, and in addressing issues related to mobile EU citizens’ access to rights, including through appropriate funding streams;
- Increase the extent to which EU mobile citizens are informed of, and have adequate access to, their entitlements and effective accountability mechanisms.
In 2017-2018, EPIM supports the three following civil society projects:
ACT for Free Movement, led by the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and European Alternatives
PRODEC – Protecting the Rights of Destitute EU mobile Citizens, led by the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)
Making EU mobile citizens visible: access to healthcare across EU borders, led by Médecins du Monde