Consultation on EU Citizenship: Share your opinion on our common values, rights and democratic participation
Justice and Fundamental Rights - EU citizenship
We welcome responses from all EU citizens, organisations and other stakeholders concerned with advancing EU citizenship.
Period of consultation
From 14 September to 7 December 2015
Objective of the consultation
This public consultation by the European Commission is aimed at all EU citizens, organisations and other stakeholders interested in advancing EU citizenship.
We want to know about any obstacles you might be facing in your daily life as a European citizen living, studying, working, shopping or simply travelling within the EU. We would also like to hear your ideas about how to remove these obstacles and make it simpler for you to enjoy your EU citizenship rights in your daily life.
As a national of an EU country you are also a citizen of the European Union. This gives you a number of important rights including:
- to travel and live anywhere in the EU
- not to be discriminated against on the basis of your nationality
- to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections wherever you live in the EU
- if your own country is not represented, to be assisted by another EU country's embassy or consulate outside the EU, under the same conditions as a citizen of that country.
You can read more background information here.
The European Commission is working to safeguard and strengthen your rights. In 2013, the Commission issued an EU Citizenship Report , listing 12 actions designed to help citizens enjoy their EU rights in six key areas: removing obstacles for workers, students and trainees in the EU; cutting red tape in the Member States; protecting the more vulnerable members of society; eliminating barriers to shopping in the EU; providing targeted and accessible information on EU rights and enhancing participation in the democratic life of the EU. These actions are now being implemented.
This consultation gives you the opportunity to share your opinion and your experience on matters relating to your rights as an EU citizen as well as on what more the European Commission could do to make your life easier when you exercise your EU rights.
Your views are important. Please tell us what you think.
Businesses & other organisations
For the sake of transparency, organisations and businesses taking part in public consultations are asked to provide information on who and what they represent, by registering in our public Transparency Register and subscribing to its code of conduct.
If you choose not to provide this information, your contribution to the consultation will be published along with the contributions from individuals. See also: Consultation standards
View the questionnaire
If you wish to comment further on issues relating to the 2013 EU Citizenship Report, you can email us at: JUST-EUCITIZENSHIP-CONSULTATION@ec.europa.eu.
Please give your name, nationality, name of your organisation (if relevant) and your function in the organisation.
Reference documents and other, related consultations
- Factsheet on the public consultation
- More on EU citizenship
- 2013 Citizenship Report
- Directive 2004/38/EC – right of free movement for EU citizens & family
- Communication on free movement: Five actions to make a difference
- Report on the 2014 European Parliament elections
- Recommendation on enhancing the democratic and efficient conduct of EP elections
- Directive 93/109/EC on voting & standing in European Parliament elections in other EU countries
- Directive 2013/1/EU on the right to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament
- Directive 94/80/EC on voting & standing in local elections in other EU countries
- Report on local elections
- Directive 2015/637/EU on consular protection for European citizens living or travelling outside the EU
DG Justice / Union citizenship and Free movement Unit (C2)
Office MO 59 /06/68
Results of consultation and next steps
After the consultation is closed the Commission will prepare a consolidated and anonymous analysis of all responses to the questionnaire and publish it online.
Data Protection Disclaimer
For information on privacy rulings for this public consultation see the following Specific Privacy Statement .