Title
Preventing "benefit tourism" in the EU : a narrow or broad interpretation of the possibilities offered by the ECJ in DANO?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Politics
Law
Source (journal)
Common market law review
Common Market law review. - London
Volume/pages
52(2015) :2 , p. 363-390
ISSN
0165-0750
ISI
000354072600002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article contributes to the debate on the boundaries of national solidarity systems in the context of the free movement of persons in the EU. It analyses the impact of the ECJ's judgment in Dano on the entitlement to social benefits of economically inactive Union citizens. First, it summarizes the legal discussion so far held on this issue and highlights the questions that remained open after earlier case law of the Court. Next, it explains why a narrow interpretation of the limitation of the principle of equal treatment allowed by the Court is the only acceptable one if legal coherence is to be preserved. It also analyses the consequences of a broad interpretation, arguing that this would undermine the very principle of free movement as a fundamental right, the principle of proportionality as well as the Union's policy objectives of combating poverty and social exclusion.
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