Europeans throughout the World (ETTW), federazzjoni li tgħaqqad organizzazzjonijiet t’espatrijati Ewropej fosthom Maltin fil-Belġju asbl, se tkun qed torganizza konferenza “Basic European Rights to Free Movement Under Threat“. Din il-konferenza, li qed tiġi organizzata mal-Presidenza Latvjana tal-UE, se ssir it-Tlieta, 27 ta’ Jannar mis-2 p.m. sas-6.30 p.m. fil-bini tal-Kumitat Ekonomiku u Socjali Ewropew, Rue Beillard 99, Brussell (Kamra VMA 3, dħul minn Rue Van Maerlant 2).
Id-deskrizzjoni, il-programm u l-formola ta’ partecipazzjoni fil-konferenza jinstabu hawn. Mid-deskrizzjoni tal-konferenza:
Whilst all the evidence shows the advantages of free movement of people, this basic European citizenship right is increasingly under threat which is a threat to the EU itself. Study after study shows that over 14 million European citizens living and working in other Member States contribute more in taxes than the benefits they receive. The European Court of Justice has recently confirmed that, in terms of Directive 2004/38, European citizens do not have a right to benefits for the first three months of residence if they have no intention of working. Despite this, scaremongering about benefit tourism and calls for curbs on the numbers of European citizens on the move and even the restoration of border controls will not go away. This is because European citizens’ rights to free movment have become linked in the public mind to an increasingly toxic debate on immigration and the failure of migration policies at the external borders. Eurobarometer polls show that free movement is the European Union’s most popular achievement. Since the fall of the Berlin wall the younger generation has gained a Europe-wide freedom, but it is not one that can be taken for granted. Defending European free movement rights is the main focus of this event.
Ta’ min isemmi li l-Gvern Malti ricentement esprima ruħu impenjat bis-sħiħ fid-dritt tal-moviment ħieles u t-twemmin li dan id-dritt jiġi eżercitat b’mod responsabbli.