More importantly, the EPP also adopted its manifesto for the upcoming European Parliament elections. You can read it in full here. We would just like to draw your attention on the following paragraph:
Free movement of people within the European Union is one of our greatest achievements together, and we are committed to ensuring it remains so [...] However, we are against social fraud - social benefits for EU citizens should only be available if they have worked in the country where they live.This shows how, once a clear distinction between free movement of workers and free access to other EU member states' welfare systems is made, many are in favour of the former - but many are also wary of the latter.
The EPP includes over 70 parties from 40 different European countries. This suggests the UK is far from alone when it comes to a desire to reform the rules on EU migrants' access to benefits - or at the very least when it comes to admitting there is an issue at hand. Whatever the outcome of the European elections, this will be one topic that will not go away. The next European Commission and Parliament would do well to tackle it head-on, rather than skirting the issue.