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(see also IP/13/1151) With over 14 million EU citizens resident in another Member State on a stable basis, free movement – or the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the Union – is the EU right most cherished by Europeans.The main motivation for EU citizens to make use of free movement is work-related, followed by family reasons. Of all the EU citizens residing in another EU country (‘mobile EU citizens’)…

The European Commission has today unveiled a new push to reinforce EU citizens’ rights with a series of actions to tackle obstacles that citizens still face in their everyday life. The 2013 EU Citizenship Report sets out 12 concrete ways to help Europeans make better use of their EU rights, from looking for a job in another EU country to ensuring stronger participation in the democratic life of the Union. Key proposals include making it easier for people to work and do training in another EU…

Do you have an idea to fight high unemployment? Do you think you could improve the working conditions of people stuck in low-paid jobs – whether because of their gender, age, social status or handicap? Do you know how to enhance opportunities for the 27 million Europeans currently out of work? Then the second European Social Innovation Competition is for you! The Competition, launched in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, invites Europeans to come up with new solutions to reduce…

Why not try something radically different? Six european cities are launching a new city innovation model and we want fellows like you! Code for Europe is hiring talented developers, entrepreneurs and designers to help make a breakthrough in how government services its citizens. Cutting edge, smart apps will be developed and shared among six participating cities: Helsinki, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin, Manchester and Barcelona.…

According to a study just published by the European Commission in most EU countries, EU citizens from other Member States use welfare benefits no more intensively than the host country's nationals. Mobile EU citizens are less likely to receive disability and unemployment benefits in most countries studied. In the specific case of cash benefits such as social pensions, disability allowances and non-contributory job-seekers allowances financed by general taxation rather than contributions by…

Report: The Open Forum Discussion at Utrecht University kicked-off ‘bEUcitizen’, a multinational research-project on European citizenship. Its necessity became strikingly apparent. UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS – 2013 is the European Year of Citizens. Yet, twenty years after the concept of ‘European Citizenship’ was introduced in the Treaty of Maastricht, few know what this citizenship actually entails. Less people still can agree on how it should develop over the coming years. At the…