26.04.2017 The Future of EU Citizenship – SAVE THE DATE
SAVE THE DATE for bEUcitizen Final Conference
26-28 April 2017
Residence Palace, Brussels
In 1992 the Treaty of Maastricht formally introduced the concept of European Union citizenship. Twenty-one years later the European Commission proclaimed 2013 the Year of European Citizens marking it with the publication of the report ‘EU citizens: your rights, your future’. This was inter alia intended to draw the attention to the (perceived) problem that significant numbers of European citizens were not taking advantage of many of their rights as European citizens. It raised the question that lies at the heart of the FP7 funded bEUcitizen research project that started in 2013: what are the barriers that European citizens face in exercising their rights?
More in particular, the bEUcitizen project engaged with the following questions and themes:
- What is the meaning and significance of EU Citizenship? What is its added value and which innovative narratives can be developed to give shape to the future of EU citizenship?
- What impact does the migration crisis have on EU citizenship? How do we deal with the migration and refugee challenges that the EU is currently facing?
- What continue to be the main barriers to free movement and seeking residence in another Member State?
- How is the European Union dealing with questions on legitimacy, cohesion and solidarity and what impact does this have on EU citizenship? (How) do these questions relate to the rise of anti-European politics?
Twenty-five years since Maastricht, European citizenship seems more than ever difficult to realize. The challenges that the EU and its citizens face are huge: widening inequality; the rise of populism and Euro-skepticism; challenges to open borders and mobility; the consequences of the Brexit referendum, to list but a few. These challenges do not only demand an improved narrative on European citizenship but also new visions of European citizenship of the future.
Now more than ever, the research questions of the bEUcitizen project are acutely relevant.
The bEUcitizen – All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship final conference on the future of EU citizenship will present and discuss findings, conclusions and policy recommendations in the light of the aforementioned four questions and themes .
During the bEUcitizen conference to be held from 26 to 28 April 2017, there will be ample opportunity to engage in discussions with European institutions, academia and stakeholders. In particular, two lunch sessions tailored to policy makers and members of Parliament will be organised, which will focus on the implications of the bEUcitizen studies, their background and policy recommendations. As a kick off a future creating workshop on European Citizenship will be held during the first afternoon. Together with different groups of youth, members of the European Parliament, civil servants from several countries and NGO representatives, scenarios will be explored for strengthening EU citizenship in the 21st century.
We warmly invite you to join us for the bEUcitizen final conference and contribute to the discussions of our final results!
DRAFT PROGRAMME – Overview
Wednesday, 26th April 2017
13.00 -17.00 Youth and Stakeholder event: The future of Europe – Exploring strategies for strengthening EU Citizenship*
Organized by Wieger Bakker and Marlot van der Kolk
*please note that this event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending please contact Tom Binder: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 27th April 2017
9.30-10.00 Keynote: To B or not to B an EU citizen?, Kalypso Nikolaidis
10.00 – 12.45 Alternative forms of Citizenship
Organized by Patrick Wallis, Marie-Pierre Granger and Francis Cheneval
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch meeting with policy makers
14.00 – 18.00 Migration
Session 1- Migration, social rights and language barriers
Organized by Martin Seeleib-Kaiser and Elena Ioriatti
Session 2 – The Insider/Outsider: contemporary bordering practices and European fundamental values
Organized by Bridget Anderson and Isabel Shutes
19.30 Conference dinner, Brasserie Leopold*
*for consortium members only
Friday, 28th April 2017
9.00 – 12.30 Rise of anti-European Politics: Legitimacy, cohesion and solidarity in the EU
Organized by Sandra Seubert, Uwe Puetter, Manuela Naldini and Birte Siim
13.00 -14.30 Lunch meeting with policy makers
14.30 – 18.00 Project closing & Presentation of policy review on citizenship – preliminary findings, by DG R&D
You can download the invitation letter here