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25/08/2011 - One year after the "Roma controversy": Determined Commission action has helped resolve 90% of cases involving free movement issues.

It is one year since the European Commission took action to ensure that all 27 Member States fully comply with the EU's free movement rights. Thanks to continued political pressure, the Commission has achieved concrete results: 16 Member States have either fully addressed the Commission’s concerns or have drafted amending legislation to ensure full compliance with the EU Free Movement Directive. For the remaining Member States, the Commission has started or is considering infringement proceedings under the EU Treaties to ensure full compliance with EU law.


11/08/2011 - Proposing 2013 as the "European Year of Citizens"

2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty that entered into force on 1 November 1993. The European Commission therefore proposed to designate 2013 as the "European Year of Citizens". Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner responsible for Justice and Citizenship, commented on this occasion: "The European Year of Citizens will be a good opportunity to remind people what rights they have thanks to the European Union and what the European Union can do for every one of us."