EU court backs migrant benefit curbs
November 11, 2014 5:40 pm
The European Court of Justice has said member states can deny certain payments to unemployed EU citizens who move to that country just to claim benefits.
The court said Germany was right to deny an unemployed Romanian woman a particular allowance because she showed no sign of seeking work.
Correspondents say the ruling sets a precedent for the rest of the EU.
Politicians in several member states have promised to crack down on what they call “benefit tourism”.
British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the ruling, describing it as “simple common sense”.
Meanwhile German MEP Manfred Weber, the leader of the main conservative group in the European Parliament, told the Associated Press news agency that the decision proved EU countries could “avoid social benefits tourism without violating the free movement of citizens”.
“It sends a clear signal to the member states and to the British prime minister in particular.”