EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action
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EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action

Re-Thinking Legal and Factual Barriers in the Internal Market

Edited by Sybe de Vries, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice

This book analyses three important economic rights: consumer rights, rights of professionals in gaining access to the services market, and intellectual property rights in the light of the Digital Single Market. For each of these rights, contributors analyse the main pathways towards reducing and removing legal and factual obstacles to successful cross-border economic rights. In addition, the book takes into specific consideration the multifaceted issues related to the economic crisis and to the EU’s multilingualism.
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Chapter 10: Economic implications of linguistic pluralism within the European Union

Margarita Argüelles Vélez and Carmen Benavides González


Differences in income per capita levels and unemployment rates are some of the main incentives for migration. They currently exist within the European Union (EU) and they have even intensified due to the economic recession and the functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Additionally, the EU has included the free movement of persons and workers in treaties as European citizens’ rights, and has issued several directives and regulations in order to promote a greater degree of mobility. However, labour mobility within the EU is scarce in practice. When looking at the remaining obstacles restricting the free movement of workers, linguistic diversity is among them. Due to its restrictive effect on labour mobility, the unfavourable economic impact of linguistic pluralism brings the improvement of language policies in the EU to the forefront.

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