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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…

Due to several requests received, the Organizing Committee has decided to extend the deadline for abstract submission for the "Being a citizen in Europe" Conference, 29-30 June 2015, Zagreb (Croatia). The extended deadline for abstract submission is March 9th, 2015. Authors are kindly invited to submit no longer than 500 words abstracts through the online submission system available on the Conference…

On Thursday 22 January 2015, the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, hosted the international workshop “FRAME-ing inclusive approaches to EU human rights, democracy and rule of law”. The workshop took place in the context of the EU FP 7-funded FRAME project, a large-scale, collaborative research project coordinated by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, which focuses on the contribution of the EU’s internal and external policies to the…

Since Saturday, cross-border judgments in civil and commercial matters are automatically enforceable across the EU. Under the new rules, it would no longer be necessary to enact the costly and lengthy “exequatur” procedure. This means that the moment a judgment is made in any Member State, the creditor will be able to enforce it in any other. Consumers will also be better protected in legal disputes involving non-EU countries.  With the application of the “Brussel I” Regulation…

In her contribution, posted on December 24 on the UK Constitutional Law Association's (UKCLA) blog, bEUcitizen consortium researcher Sionaidh Douglas-Scott analyses and reflects on the Opinion 2/13 of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the accession of the EU to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (‘ECHR’). “On 18 December 2014, the ECJ delivered its long awaited Opinion 2/13 on the compatibility with EU law of the draft agreement…

European Union judges allow British citizens to bring non-EU family members to the UK. The Court of Justice of the European Union, in the case of Sean McCarthy, ruled that “where third-country nationals hold a ‘residence card of a family member of a Union citizen’, the United Kingdom cannot make their right of entry subject to the requirement that they must first obtain a visa”. The decision comes after Mr McCarthy, a dual British and Irish national who has been living in Spain…