EU Citizenship and Social Rights
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EU Citizenship and Social Rights

Entitlements and Impediments to Accessing Welfare

Edited by Frans Pennings and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

In the 1990s, the Maastricht Treaty introduced the right to free movement for EU citizens. In practice, however, there are substantial barriers to making use of this right, particularly to integration and to accessing the social and welfare rights available. This is particularly true when it comes to accessing social rights, such as social assistance, housing benefit, study grants and health care. This book provides a detailed description and thorough analysis of these barriers, in both law and practice.
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Chapter 2: The European Social Charter as a basis for defining social rights for EU citizens

Andrzej Marian Świątkowski and Marcin Wujczyk

Abstract

This chapter approaches the issue of social rights in Europe from a normative perspective. It investigates whether standards can be derived from the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe that may be of use in establishing a minimum floor of social rights for citizens.

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