Accession to the EU does not automatically mean adoption of Euro,
right to work in all EU countries, elimination of the visa requirements...
Different aspects are regulated by different treaties, which some
members signed, some not.
The 1985 Schengen Agreement is an agreement among European states
which allows for common immigration policies (including the Schengen
visa) and a border system. A total of 26 countries ? including all
European Union states except the Republic of Ireland and the United
Kingdom, but including non-EU members Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland
? have signed the agreement and 15 have implemented it so far.
treaty of Euro
Euroland:This is an unofficial nickname for what is officially called
?the euro area? - also often referred to as ?the euro zone?..This area
consists of the EU member states that have adopted the euro as their
Most old countries joined, new countries are planning to join in 2009,
some have doubts, such as UK, Austries ..
The Road to Euro Serfdom: Austria bid to revive EU treaty
It is complex, and I doubt that you want to know all details.
Here (as an illustration) is:
Guide to EuroJargon: EEC EFTA EEA ...
The EU constitution was supposed to simplify it all.
It has ONLY some 300 pages,
mostly totally unreadable (I tried and read it all).
Yet, it is more simple that all the treaties, directives, regulations
accumulated so far. It rivals the US tax code!
The goal is to create a common labor market, but it all in negotiation stage:
for details see:
Common Actions for Growth and Employment:
The Community Lisbon Programme
Here is an example of how it works in real life:
Czech Republic and Slovakia joined the EU in 2004,
Of the "old" EU members, only the UK, Ireland and Sweden have opened
their labour markets to workers from the states which joined [that]
Czech police ...
Old members are afraid of flood of 'cheap labor' from the east:
"The temporary barriers to labor mobility have meant that Czech
nationals still need a work permit in all EU Member States except for
Ireland, the UK, and Sweden, which all have kept their doors open to
accession-state nationals. The UK and Ireland, bowing to concerns that
thousands of Roma would come just for social benefits, decided to
deter supposed "welfare migrants" by restricting benefit access..."
So far, fears of flood appear to be unfounded
The worker registration scheme for nationals of new European Union
member states employed in the UK is running smoothly, according to a
statement released by the Home Office on February 22.2005
It is a compromise between outright free movement of labour for the
new member states and imposing prohibitions of several years on their
rights to work, a policy followed by most of the 15 established EU
According to Home Office statistics, 40,000 people from the accession
states applied under the scheme in the fourth quarter of 2005, bring
the total number since May last year to about 130,000.
Similar evolution may be expected to apply to future members.