New paper by Katarina Hyltén-Cavallius on personal identity numbers – University of Copenhagen

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20 November 2015

New paper by Katarina Hyltén-Cavallius on personal identity numbers

Katarina Hyltén-Cavallius at the Centre for Legal Studies in Welfare and Market (WELMA) in the Faculty of Law has published a new paper entitled, ‘The Use of Personal Identity Numbers in Sweden and Denmark: A Barrier to Union Citizens' Enjoyment of Free Movement Rights?’.

The paper looks into formal and informal structures, which organise society in a host member state and which can make it difficult for a non-national Union citizen to, in practice, access public and private services on equal terms with resident nationals. It appears that a personal identity number is of significant practical importance for residing in and taking part of society in Sweden and Denmark. The fact that the possession of a personal identity number is widely required by both public and private organisations, thus leads to indirect discrimination on grounds of nationality of persons who are exercising freedom of movement. This is incompatible with the key principle of non-discrimination that underlies the law governing free movement of persons within the European Union.

The paper, which was originally presented at the bEUcitizen conference in Zagreb, Croatia in June 2015, has now been published in the ‘EU Citizenship Rights in Law and Practice - Comparative Perspectives’ section of a wider deliverable for the European Commission through the bEUcitizen project entitled, ‘Being a Citizen in Europe: Insights and Lessons’.

You can access the paper, ‘The Use of Personal Identity Numbers in Sweden and Denmark: A Barrier to Union Citizens' Enjoyment of Free Movement Rights?here.