About: citizens' rights

Brexit 19-03-2018

How do citizens in UK view Brexit, a year before the departure?

One year before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union, EURACTIV's partner efe-epa spoke to a diverse group of people, including British citizens and EU nationals who have made lives for themselves in the UK, to find out how they felt about Brexit.
Brexit 07-03-2018

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, Brexit must not be brutal on youth

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, an Italian MEP has warned against a ‘brutal’ Brexit.
Brexit 01-03-2018

UK sets out new proposals on Brexit citizens rights

Britain set out new proposals yesterday (28 February) for the rights of EU citizens who settle there during a post-Brexit transition period, seeking to bridge the divide with Brussels over the issue.
Brexit 09-02-2018

EU doubts 2020 Brexit vision, sees longer goodbye

The European Union believes Britain will not be ready to make a full break from the bloc by the end of 2020 as Brexit transition plans foresee and several senior EU figures said they are bracing for a much longer goodbye.
Brexit 22-09-2017

All eyes on May as she prepares to spell out key Brexit demands

European leaders braced on Friday (22 September) for a speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May that is expected to spell out key positions on Brexit after wrangling and tension in her own government.
Brexit 13-09-2017

EU citizens, British expats rally for post-Brexit rights

Hundreds of EU nationals living in Britain were joined for the first time on Wednesday (13 September) by British citizens living in the EU for a day of protest in London to demand that MPs protect their rights after Brexit.
Brexit 01-09-2017

Brexit talks set to miss October deadline as impatience grows

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Thursday (31 August) that both sides were “quite far” from reaching the "sufficient progress" necessary to open talks about the UK's future relationship with the EU after it leaves the bloc.
Brexit 28-08-2017

Chief EU negotiator urges more clarity, speed from UK as Brexit talks resume

EU negotiators and their British counterparts kicked off the third round of Brexit talks on Monday (28 August) as the bloc's chief negotiator urged London to take a more serious stance and quickly provide official positions on all issues to be tackled in the historic divorce talks.
Brexit 20-07-2017

No solution in sight for Brexit’s controversial issues

During a second sitting around the negotiating table, the EU and the UK stuck to their guns on the financial obligations London should pay and what court would guarantee EU citizen rights in a post-Brexit world.
Brexit 10-07-2017

UK offer is far from what citizens are entitled to

The European Parliament’s political leaders and Brexit Steering Committee members condemn the UK’s “damp squib” of an offer on the rights of EU citizens and insist they will refuse to endorse a Brexit deal that strips EU citizens of their acquired rights.
Brexit 26-06-2017

Britain’s offer to EU nationals after Brexit

Britain set out its offer on Monday (26 June) to secure the rights of around 3.2 million European citizens living in the country after its exit from the European Union.
Brexit 22-06-2017

Merkel calls UK offer on citizens’ rights a ‘good start’

Angela Merkel gave a subdued nod but no outright approval to British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposal to protect EU citizens' rights after Brexit, pouring cold water on May's promise of a “generous” offer on one of the most sensitive issues in the divorce talks.
Brexit 15-06-2017

London to open Brexit talks by offering to protect rights of EU citizens in UK

The UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will open divorce talks in Brussels next week with an offer to allow the three million European Union citizens living in Britain the same rights that they have now, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (14 June).
Brexit 05-05-2017

Barnier cuts short Brexit blame-game

During a 20-minute speech stuffed with examples and technical details, the EU’s top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said protecting citizen rights after the UK leaves is a moral duty and refused to be drawn into a blame game with London.
Brexit 20-04-2017

Juncker, Barnier to meet Theresa May ahead of Brexit summit

EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will hold talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London next Wednesday (26 April), a spokeswoman said.

ECAS: National administrations ‘lack EU spirit’

A “negative attitude” and a “lack of EU spirit” for solving issues such as issuing residence permits and claiming pensions was decried by representatives of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) at a public event on Wednesday (12 April).
Brexit 17-06-2016

Why leaving the EU would be complicated for the UK

A withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union would ultimately end up frustrating certain legitimate expectations of EU citizens, writes Thomas Burri.

Reding defends right to vote for EU expats

The European Commission has issued guidance to member states that currently have rules preventing their citizens from voting in national or regional elections because they live in another EU country.
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Commission wants member states to keep voting rights for EU citizens abroad

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.

Domestic violence begins at home, combating it begins in Europe

Not assisting or protecting victims of violence is a cost for society. New rules to be adopted in the Parliament this  week will allow women assaulted in one country to be equally protected when they travel elsewhere in the Union. This is a landmark decision that proves Europe stands by its citizens, write Viviane Reding and Antonio López-Istúriz.
Central Europe 22-05-2013

Polish officials debate EU’s draft data privacy law

With technological progress and globalisation changing the way people access and use personal data, the need for a digital social contract is becoming obvious, according to participants at a recent debate on digital identity held in Warsaw. EURACTIV Poland reports.

UK policy on Romanian, Bulgarian students is illegal

The policy of denying Bulgarian and Romanian students employment in Britain is unfair. But that’s not the real issue. The point is it is breaching EU law too, says Galina Kostadinova.

EU kicks off European Year of Citizens

The European Commission has named 2013 "European Year of Citizens" to raise awareness about Union citizens' rights in shaping the future of Europe.

Reding unveils new EU data protection rules

After much internal strife, the European Commission published today (25 January) a broad legislative package aimed at safeguarding personal data across the EU. The proposal, if approved, is expected to strengthen citizens’ rights and could have a far-reaching impact on the way online data are collected and processed.