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With the support of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration (CEDIM), Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb, the bEUcitizen-Consortium held an Open Conference in Zagreb, 29-30 June 2015. “Being a Citizen in Europe” invited researches from without the Consortium but with overlapping research interests to connect to the project and to explore theoretical foundations and political and practical realities of today’s European citizenship. For the…

A long time ago the Greek god Zeus fell in love with a strikingly beautiful young Phoenician woman, called Europa. Zeus, sly as he was, came up with a plan. Aware of the possible fury of his jealous wife Hera, Zeus transformed himself into a handsome white bull. While picking flowers Europa saw the bull, caressed his flanks and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity, ran to the sea and swam to the island of Crete with Europa on his back. He then revealed his true identity,…

Author:  Prof. Niamh Nic Shuibhne How has European Union citizenship developed since the Maastricht Treaty in 1993? Undoubtedly, what we could call the shape of EU citizenship does exist. It is a distinctive legal status conferred on all EU Member State nationals. Building on the provisions of the Treaty, we can also say that this status has generated distinctive legal rights. For example, the legislation that protects EU citizens who reside in a Member State other than that of which…

In July 2015, at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions, the European Parliament published a new Study on the main difficulties faced by the organizers when setting up and running a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). According to the report, the main obstacles concern "the IT and legal requirements which are related to the organisers’ liability and to the definition of the scope and the legal bases for launching an ECI". Furthermore, there is a "lack of…

With a view to permanently reinforcing its multilingual research team in Brussels, the European Social Observatory (OSE), is hiring a part-time experienced researcher in the area of social protection. Deadline of submission: 21st September 2015. For more information please download  the announcement. Additional information about the European Social Observatory can be accessed (EN and FR) through…

On Monday, June 15th 2015, the Oxford Institute for Social Policy, University of Oxford (with support from the ESRC ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ Initiative), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, London, and the EU Commission in the UK, have jointly organized the event "Making Free Movement Work". The aim of this event was to provide a factual overview of free movement in the context of the UK Government’s stated commitment to holding a referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the EU…

The "Men, Women and Pensions" report was originally drafted for the European Commission (DG Justice) as an input to the 2015 Pension Adequacy Report of the Social Protection Committee of the European Union. The first part presents the reality of the gender gap in pensions and why it should be addressed. The second part gives a proper definition of pension gender gap and provides some facts and figures of the situation in the European Union. Download the full report

Citizenship is more than a status, more than a set of civic, political and social rights. It is about being able to participate in society, to develop ones capacities and to contribute to the organization of society. The chances and opportunities for youth to do so differ between countries and in time. Furthermore, economic crisis and national and EU policy responses to these crises, create potentially new inequalities and new barriers for youth. Several trends in our societies may hinder or…

European citizenship, created by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty which came into effect that same year, placed importance for the first time on people and their rights and duties. Albeit to a limited degree, the Treaty, and later on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, defined a core set of rights and duties that make up European citizenship. However, this citizenship, which includes, for example, the right to free movement and residence throughout the EU, may be limited by the policies of…