Local impact of free movement of EU citizens

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Mayors reflected on the impact of free movement of EU citizens at local level at an event on 11 February 2014

Mayors and politicians from local authorities across Europe participated in an event organised by the European Commission on 11 February 2014 to assess the impact of free movement of EU citizens at local level. We were represented on one of the panels by Anna König Jerlmyr, Stockholm's vice mayor for social affairs. She shared the experiences and challenges faced by her city with regards to the rapid increase of migration from EU.

At the conference, the Commission presented an independent study it initiated that analyses the impact of the free movement of EU citizens in six European cities (EUROCITIES members Barcelona, Dublin, Hamburg, Lille, Prague and Turin).

Mayors from other European cities including EUROCITIES members The Hague, London and Lisbon, expressed the need to engage in a realistic discussion at European level.

Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission, cited EUROCITIES as a notable example of the type of transnational networks that need to be encouraged at EU level.

For more information about the event, click here