FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR WORKERS

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AUSTRIA
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR WORKERS
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The freedom of movement for workers as established in the Treaty of Rome and developed in more detail in several Community directives and regulations has been applicable to Austria since as early as 1 January 1994 (the date on which the European Economic Area (EEA) came into force). Austria's subsequent accession to the European Union on 1 January 1995 and the signing of the Schengen Agreement on 28 April 1995 (which came into force in relation to Austria on 1 April 1998) have given full effect, in addition, to the free movement of persons. Freedom of movement for workers has also been transposed, by way of new or amended legislation, into Austria's national law. In particular, citizens of EEA member states are no longer subject to the restrictions on access to the Austrian labour market which are imposed for foreign nationals in general under the Employment of Foreign Nationals Act (Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz): see employment of foreign nationals.


Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.