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Julia Fernández Arribas
30th June 2021
Employment & Immigration External Relations & Trade

EFTA Court clarifies when States can impose mobility limitations on people receiving unemployment benefits 

The EFTA Court delivered its judgments in O v Arbeids- og velferdsdirektoratet (Case E-13/20) and Criminal Proceedings against P (Case E-15/20), confirming that the requirement to stay in Norway as a condition to receive unemployment benefits is compatible with Articles 3 and 7(a) of the EEA Agreement, read in conjunction with Social Security Coordination Regulation 883/2004, if certain conditions are met.

Both cases presented yet another opportunity for the EFTA Court to rule on the compatibility of Norwegian provisions with EU free movement of persons law, the national law providing unemployment benefits only if the beneficiary has not temporarily stayed in other EEA States. It also constitutes the latest episode dealing with No


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