This Essay examines aspects of the free movement of workers and the issues concerning the content and impact of the introduction of citizenship of the European Union ("EU" or "Union"). This Essay draws from seven years of opinions from Advocate General Slynn, which were written during a highly formative period in the development of Community law. Defining who is a worker and examining the benefits of having and retaining this worker status remain as important today as they were in the late 1980s, when relevant seminal case law of the Court of Justice was established. In many of those cases, Gordon Slynn was the Advocate General. The advent of formal recognition of Union citizenship in the Treaty of Maastricht has not obviated the need to consider the range of rights which flow from such citizenship when an individual is in a Member State other than that of his nationality. These rights still, though to a lesser extent than before, turn on economic activity, or a close link to economic activity. That makes citizenship of the Union, at least to some extent, an incomplete form of citizenship.
Robin C. A. White,
Revisiting Free Movement of Workers,
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