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20/12/2011 - Protecting your rights – online, at home and abroad

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.


14/12/2011 - Strengthening consular rights for Europeans abroad

On Wednesday, the European Commission proposed to improve assistance for EU citizens caught in crisis situations – such as those that occurred in Japan, Libya or Egypt this year – and day-to-day emergencies when travelling abroad. The aim is to ease cooperation between consular authorities and strengthen European citizens' right to consular protection by clarifying current rules.


01/12/2011 - European Day of People with Disabilities

As part of international events to recognise issues facing persons with disabilities, Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, presented on Thursday the Access City award 2012 to the Austrian city Salzburg. The annual honour is a key action under the EU's disability strategy. It was presented on the occasion of the European Day of People with Disabilities. The Access City initiative is organised in partnership with the European Disability Forum and aims to promote accessibility initiatives in European cities.