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PR(03)10: The EFTA Surveillance Authority adops a report on the application of Directives relating to the Right of Residence


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has adopted a report on the application of Directives 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC on the Right of Residence in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, which is corresponding to a similar report by the European Commission (COM(1999) 127 final). 

Free movement of persons is a fundamental freedom enshrined in the EEA Agreement and includes the right for EEA nationals to enter, move within, reside and, where appropriate, remain in an EEA State other than the State of which the EEA national is a citizen. In exercising this right, any discrimination on grounds of nationality is prohibited. Within the European Community this right was originally subject to that the person exercising the right was engaged in an economic activity in that State. The right was then extended to other categories of persons by virtue of the three Directives, which are a part of the EEA Agreement.

Council Directive 90/364/EEC of 28 June 1990 on the right of residence and Council Directive 90/365/EEC of 28 June 1990 on the right of residence for employees and self-employed persons who have ceased their occupational activity extend the right of residence to retired persons and other economically non-active persons, as well as to their family members. Council Directive 93/96/EEC of 29 October 1993 on the right of residence for students extends the right of residence to students and their family members.

The conclusion of the report is that Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have implemented the Directives in question to a large extent, whereas problems mainly relate to practical applicaton by administrative practice.

The full text of the Authority’s report is available on the website of the Authority*. A paper version of the Authority’s report is also available on request.

For further information please contact Mr. Tor Arne Solberg-Johansen, Press and Information Officer, telephone (32)(0)2 286 18 66.


18 June 2003

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