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'EU Citizens' Rights – The way forward': Consultation on how to strengthen the rights stemming from Union Citizenship

Policy field(s)

Freedom, Justice and Security; Union Citizenship

Target group(s)

We welcome contributions from all citizens and relevant stakeholders, including Member States, EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academia, social partners and civil society organisations.

Period of consultation

From 19.04.2010 to 14.06.2010

Objective of the consultation

A substantial legal framework is in place to guarantee EU citizens the rights stemming from Union citizenship and the Commission is implementing measures to ensure that citizens are aware of their rights and to secure the full implementation of these rights. However, there remains a gap between the applicable legal rules and the practical reality citizens are faced with in their daily life.

The Commission is launching this consultation with a view to identifying concrete actions to take in order to remove the administrative and procedural obstacles created by national boundaries in the effective exercise of citizens' rights, with particular reference to issues such as free movement of persons, diplomatic and consular protection, electoral rights, free movement of civil status documents and consumers' rights.

The ideas put forward in this consultation will inform the policy debate at a conference which will be organised by the Commission on 1st – 2nd July 2010 and the preparation of the Communication on Citizenship scheduled for October 2010.

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the questionnaire
Reference documents and other, related consultations
Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security Unit D2 – Citizenship


Postal address:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security
Unit D2 – Citizenship
46, rue Luxembourg,
B - 1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation


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Member States

  • Latvia PDF file [13 KB]
  • Netherlands Nederlands PDF file [47 KB]



Results of consultation and next steps