EU Citizens - European Union

Citizenship of the European Union is stood to qualifying residents of European Union part states. It was presented by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty and has been in drive since 1993. European Union citizenship is extra to national citizenship. EU citizenship manages rights, flexibilities and legitimate insurances to the greater part of its residents. 

European Union nationals have the privilege to free development, settlement and work over the EU. EU subjects are likewise allowed to exchange and transport products, administrations and capital through EU outskirts, as in national market, without any confinements on capital developments or obligation fees. Citizens additionally have the privilege to vote in and keep running as a hopeful in neighborhood races in the nation where they live, European races and European Citizens' Initiative. 

Citizenship of the EU additionally gives the privilege to consular security by international safe havens of other EU part states when a man's nation of citizenship is not spoken to by a government office or office in the nation in which they require protection. EU subjects likewise have the privilege to address the European Parliament, European Ombudsman, and EU offices specifically in their own particular language, given the issue raised is inside its competence. 

EU subjects additionally appreciate lawful securities of the EU law, particularly the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union[8] and acts and mandates with respect to e. g. assurance of individual information, privileges of casualties of wrongdoing, avoiding and fighting trafficking in people, square with pay, security from segregation in work on grounds of religion or conviction, sexual introduction and age. The EU additionally has an office of European Ombudsman whom EU residents can approach directly.


EU law makes various individual rights specifically enforceable in the courts, both on a level plane (amongst people) and vertically (between the individual and the state).Inspired by the opportunity of development for people imagined in the Treaties, the presentation of an European type of citizenship with correctly characterized rights and obligations was considered as long back as the 1960s. Following preliminary work which started in the mid-1970s, the Treaty on European Union, embraced in Maastricht in 1992, made it a goal for the Union 'to fortify the assurance of the rights and premiums of the nationals of its Member States through the presentation of a citizenship of the Union'. Another piece of the EC Treaty (ex Articles 17 to 22) was given to this citizenship. 

Like national citizenship, EU citizenship alludes to a connection between the resident and the European Union which is characterized by rights, obligations and political investment. This is proposed to cross over any barrier between the expanding sway that EU activity is having on EU subjects, and the way that the satisfaction in rights, the satisfaction of obligations and investment in majority rule forms are solely national issues. The point is to build individuals' feeling of distinguishing proof with the EU and to cultivate European popular conclusion, an European political awareness and a feeling of European character. 

In addition, there is to be more grounded security of the rights and interests of Member States' nationals/EU residents in the Union's relations with the more extensive world (Article 3(5) TEU).

For all EU citizens, citizenship implies:

  • the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States (Article 21 TFEU) (2.1.3);
  • the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament and in municipal elections (Article 22(1) TFEU) in the Member State in which they reside, under the same conditions as nationals of that State (for the rules on participation in municipal elections see Directive 94/80/EC of 19 December 1994, and for the rules governing election to the European Parliament, see Directive 93/109/EC of 6 December 1993) (1.3.4);
  • the right to diplomatic protection in the territory of a third country (non-EU state) by the diplomatic or consular authorities of another Member State, if their own country does not have diplomatic representation there, to the same extent as that provided for nationals of that Member State;
  • the right to petition the European Parliament (second paragraph of Article 24 TFEU) and the right to apply to the Ombudsman (third paragraph of Article 24 TFEU) appointed by the European Parliament concerning instances of maladministration in the activities of the Community institutions or bodies. These procedures are governed respectively by Articles 227 and 228 TFEU (1.3.16 and 2.1.4);
  • the right to write to any Community institution or body in one of the languages of the Member States and to receive a response in the same language (fourth paragraph of Article 24 TFEU);
  • the right to access European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, subject to certain conditions (Article 15(3) TFEU). Read more