"Throwing out the baby with the bathwater?", or how to keep the advantages of free movement while reducing unwanted side effects. This is the theme of a debate held in The Hague on Tuesday 14 October at Europe House, which houses the European Commission Representation in the Netherlands.
The event is organized by the Embassy of Romania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration the Netherlands (IOM) and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policies.
The debate focuses on two topics: Assessing one year of free circulation of Romanians in the Netherlands and keeping the advantages of freedom of movement. Both themes will be discussed by diverse stakeholders. The floor is open for opinions and debate to all participants.
Freedom of movement has a noticeable social impact on the country of destination, but also on the country of origin and on the circulating people themselves. This impact needs to be assessed in regard to magnitude, unemployment, worker exploitation, criminality and social cleavages.
The freedom of movement is a fundamental principle of the EU not just for idealistic purposes. Its application has proven, beyond any doubt, essential to the prosperity and security of all the Member States and their citizens. The freedom of movement must be better understood and communicated, in order to ensure that its advantages are not undermined.
Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014, 09.00-14.30 hrs.
Location: Europe House / Huis van Europa, Korte Vijverberg 5, The Hague
Language: English / Nederlands