Europeans to be numbered

The European Union plans to issue individual "EU social security numbers" allegedly to help citizens move more freely between member countries during the course of their working lives. A task force will study the proposal at next month's summit of European leaders in Stockholm as part of efforts to end barriers preventing people from moving easily between member states, UPI reports citing The Independent. If adopted, the controversial plan would bring U.S.-style mobility to the European employment market, the British newspaper reported on Monday. In the European Union, 0.5 percent of the working population moves abroad each year compared with 2 to 3 percent of Americans who move to different states to find work.