Monday, July 16, 2012

Your Rights, Your Future!

Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. So you have special rights:

  • move, travel and live freely anywhere in the EU
  • vote for and stands as a candidate in European Parliament
  • be protected by the diplomatic and consular authorities of any other EU country 
  • petition the European Parliament and complain to the European Ombudsmen

Since 9th May till 9th Semptember you have the chance to give your opinion and your view about the rights of an EU citizen. They want to know about any obstacles you might be facing in your daily life as a European Citizen living, studying, workling, shopping or simply travelling within the EU. Also you can tell them your ideas about how to remove these obstacles and further develop EU citizenship.
In 2012, the European Commission issued the first EU Citizenship Report to inform EU citizens about their rights. Now your views about being a citizen of EU will help to prepare the next EU Citizenship Report which will be published in 2013. 
2013 will be "The European Year of Citizens" because of celebrating the 20th birthday since its introduction with the entry into force of the Treaty of Maastricht.
The European Commission would like to hear your views about the issues that concern you. The Commission will prepare a consolidated and anonymous analysis of all responses to the questionnaire and publish it online.
So, you can get part of it if you answering the questionnaire or you can send contributions on any issues you consider relevant for developing EU citizenship, by email to:
In the email specify your name, nationality, and also (if relevant) the name of your organisation and your function in it.

Source: European Commission

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