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Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

Protecting your rights – online, at home and abroad

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EU citizenship, automatically granted to any national in the European Union, brings important rights: the right to live, work and study in any EU country, electoral rights, the right to fair trial, and consular protection and other travel-related rights. The European Commission ensures that all EU countries follow EU Treaty rules and put these rights into practice to benefit citizens.

The Commission is working to ensure that all 500 million citizens from the 27 EU countries benefit from the same rights. Citizens can take advantage of these rights in everyday situations as well as exceptional emergencies. European citizens’ rights are protected online, at home and abroad: when consumers buy goods online in another EU country, for the 75 million Europeans a year who need support when they fall victim to crime and when citizens need help from any consulate or embassy of an EU Member State if they are robbed or lose their passport while travelling abroad.