About this consultation

Consultation period
12 September 2017 - 5 December 2017
Justice and fundamental rights

Target group

We welcome responses from all EU citizens, their family members, businesses, organisations, academics and any stakeholders concerned with EU citizenship and free movement.

There are three separate questionnaires:

- one for EU citizens (including nationals of Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland

 - one for family members of EU citizens that are not themselves EU citizens; and

-  one for businesses requiring identification from their clients

Objective of the consultation

The aim of the public consultation is to gather the views and concerns of all interested citizens, organisations and businesses on (a) improving the security of EU citizens’ ID cards and residence documents and those of their family members and (b) facilitating the exercise of EU citizens’ free movement rights and the rights of their family members to accompany them.

 As an EU citizen, you have a number of rights. For example, you can:

  • vote in local and European elections
  • work and live freely in any EU country (and your relatives can join you, even if they are not EU nationals).

But if you and your family move to another EU country, you may have difficulty getting your documents accepted. For example, when:

  • you’re travelling in the EU
  • you need to prove your identity to buy goods or services

We’d like to find out more about these difficulties and your experience of them.

This public consultation will help us to find solutions. Your replies will be used for an impact assessment leading to a possible EU initiative in this area.

You can read more information on your right to move and live freely within the European Union here.

This consultation follows up on the 2013 EU Citizenship Report.

In this report the Commission committed itself to working on solutions to remove the obstacles faced by some EU citizens (and their family members) in getting identity and residence documents accepted when they move to another EU country (see Action 3 of the report).

In addition, ID cards play an important role for the secure identification of a person for administrative and commercial purposes. This has been underlined by the Commission in its Communication adopted on 14 September 2016 "Enhancing security in a world of mobility: improved information exchange in the fight against terrorism and stronger external borders" and in the "Action plan to strengthen the European response to travel document fraud" adopted 8 December 2016. The need to improve the security of these documents was also highlighted in the EU Citizenship Report 2017.

This consultation relates to:

  • national identity documents issued by EU countries for their own nationals
  • registration certificates and residence documents issued to EU citizens (and their family members) who move to another EU country.

How to submit your response

Your views are important. Please tell us what you think and fill the online questionnaires.

The questionnaire is accessible in all official EU languages. You can submit your reply in any of the 23 official EU languages. As there may be delays in translating replies submitted in some languages, contributions in English are welcome as they will help to process the survey more swiftly.

You may pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you can download a copy of your completed responses.

The final question gives you the opportunity to upload documentary evidence or a position paper. In particular, stakeholders having specialist knowledge of the topics are invited to share additional data and analyses on specific aspects of the issue. Any uploaded documents will be considered as part of your response to the consultation.

Businesses & other organisations

For reasons 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