Welcome to the European Union
Are you born or married with someone from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK?
You then become automatically a European Citizen!
European citizens, by virtue of The Treaty of The European Union, get access to the following rights:
- Voting in European elections: a right to vote and stand in elections to the European Parliament, in any EU member state (Article 22 of the treaty)
- Voting in municipal elections: a right to vote and stand in local elections in an EU state other than their own, under the same conditions as the nationals of that state (Article 22)
- Accessing European government documents: a right to access to European Parliament, Council, and Commission documents (Article 15).
- Petitioning Parliament and the Ombudsman: the right to petition the European Parliament and the right to apply to the European Ombudsman in order to bring to his attention any cases of poor administration by the EU institutions and bodies, with the exception of the legal bodies (Article 24)
- Language rights: the right to apply to the EU institutions in one of the official languages and to receive a reply in that same language (Article 24).
- Right to free movement and residence: a right of free movement and residence throughout the Union and the right to work in any position (including national civil services with the exception of those posts in the public sector that involve the exercise of powers conferred by public law and the safeguard of general interests of the State or local authorities (Article 21) for which however there is no one single definition);
- Freedom from discrimination on nationality: a right not to be discriminated against on grounds of nationality within the scope of application of the Treaty (Article 18);
- Right to consular protection: a right to protection by the diplomatic or consular authorities of other Member States when in a non-EU Member State, if there are no diplomatic or consular authorities of the citizen's own state (Article 23): this is due to the fact that not all Member States maintain embassies in every country in the world (14 countries have only one embassy from an EU state).
Read more about The Treaty of The European Union
And when any of those rights get infringed, and you need a community of distinguished practitioners working together on sophisticated EU matters, LITIGATIVE EUROPE is here to help.
Who are we?
Litigative Europe, founded in 1998, is an international non-profit association which has been, since its creation, at the forefront of advancing the views of European law and defending the legal principles upon which democracy and the rule of law are based.
What do we offer?
Litigative Europe facilitates the dissemination of information to European residents.
Through its close relationships with the European Commission and European Parliament, is able to promote a regulatory framework of the legal profession and legislation in a number of areas of substantive law, such as criminal law and company law.
It also regularly shares best practices and information internationally through digital channels.
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