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European Citizenship Current Discourses

Intro to EC current discourse made on the course second day morning

Nuno Da Silva

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of European Citizenship Current Discourses


neither a clear nor an obvious matter
European Union Citizenship
different from
European Citizenship
given to the citizens of the EU member states

legal and political status

established by the Treaty of European Union (Maastricht Treaty) 1992
European Union Citizenship
Citizenship of the European Union is hereby established.

Every person holding the nationality of a Member State
shall be a citizen of the Union.

Citizenship of the Union shall complement and not replace
national citizenship. (Amsterdam Treaty amendment)

Citizens of the Union shall enjoy the rights conferred by this Treaty and shall be subject to the duties imposed thereby.
The rights of every EU citizen
free movement

voting and eligibility in administrative and at EU elections

diplomatic protection

right to petition the European Parliament and the Ombudsman

access to documents and information

no discrimination

fair, impartial and rapid treatment by the Union’s institutions - specifically meaning the right to be heard
European Citizenship
Based on citizen-citizen relation

Reference to a transnational community

not given - voluntarily chosen identity and action
Characteristic of European citizenship
legal basis is the universal human rights

‘belonging’ means belonging to a value-based community

contribution to the construction of

a new Europe: citizens’ Europe

can be limited by lack of resources, support, education, etc…
European Citizenship
process of peaceful interactions between people with different cultural background

Social groups
Individuals social groups European institutions and states

European citizen is a co-citizen
living and co-operating with other
Egocentric - Ethnocentric – Eurocentric - World centric
The emergence of Europe and world centric consciousnesses transcends and includes the earlier ego, ethnic and ways of thinking in a more complex way, making their expression more healthy and constructive
We can be local, national, transnational - EU, European and world citizens at a time, depending on the community citizenship refers to. These responsibilities are rather different kinds than different levels of citizenship. Basically they are complementary and enriching us as citizens.
And now what?
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