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    I'm wondering if it would be correct to write "provisions on the free movement of workers." The sentence sounds better to me with a "the."

    "The Treaties contain a general prohibition (ban) on discrimination on the grounds of nationality and they specifically state that freedom of movement for workers entails "the abolition of any discrimination based on nationality between workers of the Member States as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment". The Treaty provisions on free movement of workers provide that, subject to limitations justified on grounds of public policy, public security or public health, workers have the right to accept offers of employment and to move freely within the territory of the member states in order to take up such offers." (Source: Freedom of movement in the EU.)

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    I understood here "free movement of workers" to refer to an abstract freedom guaranteed by the provision, akin to "freedom of speech". I would not use an article here.

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    Default Re: Definite Article

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I understood here "free movement of workers" to refer to an abstract freedom guaranteed by the provision, akin to "freedom of speech". I would not use an article here.
    Would you leave out the "the" here?

    "In ruling that the transfer rules constituted an obstacle to freedom of movement, the Court broadened the scope of Article 39 EC. Even though those rules were non-discriminatory, the Court adjudged them to be incompatible with Article 39 EC. As a consequence, that provision applies to any measure restricting the freedom of movement, irrespective of whether it is discriminatory or not."

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    Default Re: Definite Article

    I, personally, would not use it here either. For the same reason as above.

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