Belgium breached principle of free movement
23 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The European Court of Justice has ruled Belgium is applying overly strict assessment procedures on the livelihood of EU nationals living in Belgium.
23 March 2006
BRUSSELS — The European Court of Justice has ruled Belgium is applying overly strict assessment procedures on the livelihood of EU nationals living in Belgium.
The ruling was handed down on Thursday after a complaint was lodged by the European Commission.
Belgium demands that EU nationals have sufficient finanical means if they wish to temporarily reside here. The income of partners is not taken into account.
The government hopes the regulation will prevent foreigners relying on social security.
However, agreements between EU member states only refer to the possession of sufficient means. These means do not necessarily have to be personal means.
Moreover, Belgium may not automatically order EU nationals to leave the country if they do not supply within a specified timeframe the documents necessary for the issuing of a residence permit.
The Belgian government's actions on this count were considered by the court as a second breach of EU guidelines.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news