Celebrating, explaining and developing the rights that Citizenship of the European Union gives us
EU CITIZENSHIP DEFINED
The Treaty of the European Union
If you are a citizen of an EU country then you are automatically a citizen of the EU, with extra rights, privileges and responsibilities. Hopefully we’ll help you not just to understand all of this but also to celebrate it in the company of like-minded people!
Why IT BEnefits us
EU citizenship adds value to your life: cherish it
It's totally unique
There is no country in the world that on its own can give you the same rights as an EU citizen.
Respect and protect your rights
Recognising shared rights encourages mutual respect, leading to a more stable and peaceful community.
What is citizenship?
Three parts to EU citizenship
Your most fundamental right as an EU citizen is that nobody can discriminate against you on the basis of nationality. Most of the other rights define how that relates to specific issues, such as freedom of movement, voting rights, consular protection and so on.
Not unreasonably, EU citizens have obligations to the country in which they choose to reside. These include respecting the law, paying taxes and voting. Those of working age are expected to be willing to work and if necessary defend the country.
EU citizenship comes with significant advantages, notably the ability to live and work anywhere in the EU. There are other benefits, such as being able to set up a business anywhere in the EU and having full access to other countries' public services and healthcare when you’re abroad.
What EU citizens are saying about their citizenship
I’m in the Pulse of Europe
The right to live, study, work and travel throughout the EU – priceless!
The right to live, love, work and travel in the continent that is my home.
I’ve been working since 1990 with people from all Member States and I’m still in contact with many of them. EU citizenship is what ties us together and gives us a common purpose. As for me, I feel more Romanian than British, having worked in Romania on and off since 1990 and speaking the language. My grandchildren were born into the EU. Free movement is their birthright. Nobody takes that away from them.
EU citizenship has allowed me to move with my children and get them in a school which offers extra support for new comers and now 10 months later they are already bilingual… speaking another language is a beautiful thing!
EU citizenship means a bigger world and room to breathe.
The right to continue to be European and have the right to live, work, travel, study, retire in any European country … as well as to retain EHIC cards for my family and me.
EU citizenship makes me a part of something bigger, of a network of opportunities and a progression towards one world – a world where we communicate and work together for common goals, and where we share and enjoy each other’s differences. The way it should be.
For me, I am the same as many… EU citizenship means a bigger world and room to breathe.
What EU citizens think
Latest Standard Eurobarometer (14 June 2018) shows optimism is significantly on the rise again!
More and more Europeans feel they are EU citizens:
70% of Europeans feel they are citizens of the EU, which is the highest level ever shown by this indicator.
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