The Commission is working to make EU citizenship a reality in people's daily lives. The 2013 EU Citizenship Report published today sets out 12 new concrete ways to help Europeans make better use of their EU rights, from looking for a job in another EU country to ensuring stronger participation in the democratic life of the Union. Coming during the European Year of Citizens, it is the Commission's answer to calls from citizens about problems experienced when travelling, moving to or shopping in another EU country.
No more costly and bureaucratic stamps for public documents
Today the Commission proposed to abolish bureaucratic and unnecessary requirements for accepting people’s public documents as authentic in another Member State. Currently, when people move to another EU country and they want to register a birth, get married, register a house, or apply for a residence card or when companies want to prove their legal status, national authorities will ask for certified copies, certified translations and rubber stamps. The Commission is acting to get rid of these requirements and simplify people's and companies' lives when they exercise their free movement rights in the EU.
Hungary and the Rule of Law – Plenary debate in the European Parliament
Vice-President Viviane Reding on Wednesday spoke, on behalf of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, in the European Parliament plenary session on the situation in Hungary. "The Commission's legal analysis is progressing at a steady pace, in an objective, non-partisan and fair manner, in full respect of EU law and principles. This is what we have done in all other situations such as in Romania last year."
9 May Europe Day: EU opens its doors and lends an ear to citizens
On Saturday, Vice-President Reding will hold a debate with over 300 citizens in Brussels. "I know that Belgians and Europeans in general are worried about the future, the impacts of the crisis and their employment situation. During the debate in Brussels I want to listen to these concerns. Europe is based on solidarity and the EU is supporting Belgium, as other members of the European family, during these difficult times." said Vice-President Reding. The debate starts 14:30 at La Tentation, Rue de Laeken 28 1000 Brussels.
"I believe a United States of Europe is the right vision to surmount the current crisis, but above all to overcome the failings of the Maastricht Treaty"