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European Court of Justice: Benefit tourism not allowed under EU

In a landmark case today, the European Court of Justice has ruled that economically inactive EU nationals who go to another EU country solely in order to obtain social assistance can be excluded from certain social benefits.

key_money.pngLiberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

"Today's ruling shows that while EU free movement is non-negotiable, it is not an unfettered right.

"Liberal Democrats are clear that the freedom to live, work and study across the continent should not mean the freedom to claim.

"Safeguards can and should be put in place to prevent benefit tourism and abuse of the system."

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