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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…

This report was prepared for the use of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, Unit D2 ‘Equality between men and women’, under the auspices of the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE). This publication offers a range of perspectives on what has been achieved to date within the European Commission’s current work programme for gender equality, the challenges that lie ahead, and possible priorities for policy action to stimulate…

Member States may require third-country nationals with long-term resident status to pass a civic integration examination However, the means of implementing that obligation must not jeopardise the achievement of the objectives pursued by the directive on long-term residents (Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003). The case (

On May 7, the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) organized a roundtable on ‘National identities and European Citizenship: A legitimacy conflict?’, which took place at the Palau Macaya, a modernist building in the heart of Barcelona. Coordinated by Jacint Jordana, the roundtable brought together Francis Cheneval from the University of Zurich, Carme Colomina from the newspaper ARA and Juan Díez…

A research of the case law of the European Court of Justice on EU citizens’ access to social rights Author: Gwenn (G.C.) Korteweg Supervisor: Prof. mr. F.J.L. Pennings (bEUcitizen WP 6 Coordinator) Second Supervisor: Prof. mr. S.A. de Vries (bEUcitizen Academic Coordinator) This thesis analyses the contribution of the Court’s case law on EU citizens claiming social rights to the development of the concept of EU citizenship. The concept of EU citizenship laid down in Articles…

The 2014 report on the application of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights was published today by the European Commission. This fifth annual report shows that the importance and prominence of the EU Charter continues to rise: the European Union Courts have increasingly referred to the Charter in their decisions during the course of 2014. In 2014, 210 decisions in EU Courts referenced the Charter, compared with 114 in 2013, 97 in 2012, and 43 in 2011. At a national level,  in 2014…

The European Commission has decided to take Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union because the country only allows Hungarian nationals to take up and practice the profession of notary in Hungary, thus excluding nationals from other Member States. In the Commission’s view, this nationality requirement runs contrary to rules on freedom of establishment and cannot be justified under 

This report of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, focuses on two areas of discrimination from the perspective of young people (broadly speaking those aged between 15 and 25 years) – namely on discrimination on the grounds of racial and ethnic origin, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Whilst in recent years these forms of discrimination have been the subject of discussion, the specific situation of young persons from these…

This report reviews research evidence from all 28 EU Member States to identify how the training and development of ECEC workers can be tailored to improve the quality of the services available for children below primary-school age in EU Member States. Among other findings, it concludes that interventions in professional development that are integrated into existing practice – with a focus on reflection – can result in more effective practice and curricula. Read the full report

On Wednesday 18th March, bEUcitizen researcher Hanneke van Eijken won a major literary price for the best poetry collection of the previous two years in the Netherlands and Belgium. Her poetry collection “Papieren veulens” was published in 2013 at Prometheus Publishing and has been awarded and nominated for other literary prizes. The Lucy B. en C.W. van der Hoogtprijs is an encouragement  price awarded since 1925 in the categories of poetry and prose to a novice writer, whose first or…