Commission wants member states to keep voting rights for EU citizens abroad

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The European Commission took action on Wednesday to help EU citizens who lose the right to vote in national elections after moving abroad in the EU.

‘Every EU citizen has the right to vote in European and in local elections in his or her Member State of residence. This is one of the key rights for the free movement of citizens and you know that 14 million of citizens are living in another Member State than their own.’ EU Justice commissioner Viviane Reding said.

The EU’s executive issued guidance for Member States with such disenfranchisement practices in place, recommending they allow their nationals living elsewhere in the EU to retain their right to vote in national elections if they demonstrate a continuing interest in the political life of their country.

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