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The legal right to work and live in one of the EU member states is one of the fundamental freedoms for all EU-citizens. There is no permission needed to take up employment in one of the 28 member states. Every employee living and working in one of the EU member states has the possibility to use of the social security schemes of the specific member state. Common rules and principles have been specified by the EU. Even if the social security regulations might be rather different in every single member state these common rules and principles ensure that the employee making use of its right of free movement and residence does not have to fear any disadvantages from working abroad.

On the European level there are no legal requirements with regards to a certain form of an employment contract. Each employment contract could be individually adapted to the vacant post. Nevertheless, it has to be provided in a written form. It shall include e.g. the date of the beginning and the total duration of the contract, the working hours, place of work, a job description, the level and the composition of the salary, the period of notice, the number of leave days and the existence of a wage agreement and company agreement. In order to prepare for a stay abroad the employee should consider the following issues: finding accommodation, costs of living, taxes and duties, health care system, social benefits, comparability and recognition of professional qualifications and / or educational systems. Comprehensive and more detailed information about the living and working conditions in the EU-member states focusing especially on the South Baltic Region e.g. Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania and Germany can be found here.