EU enlargement

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on European Union enlargement. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
07.11.2014People from abroad: what benefits can they claim?
This note gives a broad overview of the rules on access to benefits and tax credits for people coming to the UK from abroad. It describes the situation for asylum seekers, nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and non-EEA nationals.
05.11.2014Measures to limit migrants' access to benefits
Following an article by the Prime Minister's in the Financial Times on 27 November 2013 in which he said he shared concerns about the impact of lifting transitional restrictions on the right of Romanian and Bulgarian right to work in the UK from 1 January 2014, the Government has introduced a raft of measures 'to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of.'
18.07.2014Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for children resident in other EEA countries
Domestic legislation provides that both Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit cannot normally be paid in respect of children resident abroad. However, under provisions in EU law on social security coordination within the European Economic Area (EEA), Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit may be payable to EEA migrants in the United Kingdom in respect of their dependent children resident in another Member State.
17.06.2014EU migrants: eligibility to apply for social housing (England)
This note gives an overview of EU migrants' eligibility to apply for social housing in England and considers the question of whether these people have preferential access to social housing and can 'jump the housing queue.'
20.12.2013EU Enforcement of Free Movement of People Rules
What action has the EU taken to enforce freedom of movement throughout the EU?

Research Papers

DateDescription
01.11.2012European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Bill [Bill 76 of 2012-13]
Croatia is expected to join the EU in July 2013. This Bill would allow the UK to ratify Croatia's accession treaty and would also cover the Protocol to the Lisbon Treaty put forward by the Irish Government.
25.07.2008Impacts of immigration
This paper examines reports and evidence on the effects which immigration is having on communities and public services throughout the UK.
14.03.2007EU Enlargement: the Western Balkans
EU Enlargement: the Western Balkans. House of Commons Research Paper 07/27.
26.10.2005European Union (Accessions) Bill (Bill 51 of 2005-06)
The European Union (Accessions) Bill. (Bill 51 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/71
06.09.2004The Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe: part 1
The Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe: part 1. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/66.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
11.10.2011Implications for the Justice and Home Affairs area of accession of Turkey to the European Union.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
18.07.2011Implications for the Justice and Home Affairs area of accession of Turkey to the European Union.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
11.07.2011POLISH PRESIDENCY OF THE EU
That this House welcomes the new Polish Presidency of theEU which came into effect on 1 July 2011; hopes that the Polish Presidency will continue the excellent work of the previous ...
29.10.2008KILLING OF JOURNALISTS IN CROATIA
That this House expresses its concern about the killing in Zagreb of journalists Ivo Pukanic and Niko Franjic of the Nacional newspaper, a paper dedicated to uncovering corruption and ...
16.07.2008UKRAINE'S APPLICATION TO JOIN THE EU
That this House welcomes the development of democracy in Ukraine; acknowledges the commitment of all the major Ukrainian political parties to the goal of European Union membership; ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
24.04.2014The European Union
This Library Note provides an outline of the history and development of the European Union.
12.12.2012Debate on 17 December: European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Bill (HL Bill 59) and European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 57)
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the second readings in the House of Lords of the European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Bill and the European Union (Approvals) Bill.
07.01.2011Debate on 13 January: Economic and Strategic Role of Turkey
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on the economic and strategic role of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses
 

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