Know your rights

Every citizen of the Union has the right to vote and to stand as a candidate at municipal elections in the EU country in which he or she resides under the same conditions as nationals of that country.

This right is enshrined in article 40 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

What to do if your rights have been breached

The authorities of EU countries are bound to comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights only when implementing EU law. Fundamental rights are protected by your country's constitution.

How to report a breach of your rights

Addressing your complaint to the relevant national authority, government, national courts or a specialised human rights body.

What the Commission is doing to protect your rights


Directive 94/80/EC laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and, to stand as a candidate in municipal elections by citizens of the Union residing in an EU country of which, they are not nationals. 

Chapter 5 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is on citizens' rights. This chapter also contains the following rights