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Help us uphold your rights - 20/08/2012

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Let us know about problems you have encountered when travelling, studying, working or living in another EU country.

The Commission is there to uphold and strengthen your rights as an EU citizen. That’s why we want to know more about your experiences when exercising them.

We would also welcome your suggestions as to how to remove any obstacles you might have encountered when working or studying in another EU country, for example.

You can tell us your thoughts through our consultation on citizenship rights (until 9 September 2012). Your experiences and ideas will feed into proposals in our next citizenship report, due in 2013.

The previous report identified 25 measures pdf - 758 KB [758 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) the EU should take to make your rights more effective in practice. These actions are well underway. They include slashing red tape for people registering a car in another EU country and resolving cross-border inheritance tax problems.

Your rights

As a national of an EU country you are also an EU citizen. In addition to national privileges you hold a further set of rights, agreed to by all 27 member countries and guaranteed by the EU's treaties This means you have the right to:

  • travel and live anywhere in the EU
  • equal treatment with all other EU citizens (without discrimination because of your nationality)
  • vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections wherever you live in the EU
  • receive help from another EU country’s embassy or consulate outside the EU (if your own country is not represented) in the same way as a citizen of that country
  • petition the European Parliament when you encounter problems, and make a complaint to the European Ombudsman

You also have other rights – such as consumer rights when buying something from another EU country on the Internet.

Help and advice on your rights as an EU citizen

Making citizens' life easier – follow current proposals

2013 – European year of citizens

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