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The admissibility of restrictions on free movement of workers in the context of the decision of the European Commission of 11 August 2011, No. 2011/503

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On July 22, 2011, Spain suspended the application of freedom of movement for workers within the European Union with regard to certain categories of Romanian workers in all sectors and regions, grounding its decision in the difficult economic situation, high level of unemployment and approaching season in the agricultural sector, therein Romanian citizens were undertaking an employment. European Commission in the decision of August 11, 2011, did not consider the decision of Spain as unjustified. As a result of the decision, the discriminatory treatment of the Romanian citizens was maintained till the end of 2013. The correctness of the decision was not deeply examined on the ground of both the Polish and international legal writing. The aim of the paper is to examine the correctness of the decision of the European Commission of 11 August 2011, No. 2011/503 and to cover the gap in the legal discourse provided both on the international and domestic level. In the paper Author presents the essence of the free movement of workers and describes exceptions to this rule, with particular emphasis on exceptions established directly in the treaties of accession, having regard the exception in which the decision of Spain was grounded. In such a context Author casts doubts on the correctness of the decision of European Commission, which did not consider the restrictions as being contrary to the European law and formulates a thesis on excessive and unjustified character of restrictions implemented by the Government of Spain. Adopted methodology consists in the analysis of the case law of the European Court of Justice, legal acts, reports of the European Commission, international and domestic literature, with particular reference to the international scientific journals.
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  • Department of Tax Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz, 8/12 Kopcinskiego Street, 90-232 Lodz, Poland
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