EU economic law is often described as enshrining four economic freedoms
- The free movement of goods;
- The free movement of services and freedom of establishment (i.e. the freedom of EU citizens and entities to set up business in other member states);
- The free movement of persons (and citizenship), including free movement of workers;
- The free movement of capital.
In 2007 the European Commission started to advocate making the free movement of knowledge, which if recognised, would have a very significant impact on technology industries and potentially intellectual property law.