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We support and sign the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) by @letmevoteEU to strengthen the rights listed in article 20 §2 Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) granting EU citizens residing in another Member State the right to vote in all political elections in their country of residence, on the same conditions as the nationals of that State.
The goal of the initiative is to develop the political dimension of the European project by reinforcing citizens’ awareness that they share a common destiny. It would have the following effects:
- To enhance the concept of European Citizenship;
- To facilitate freedom of movement within the EU;
In addition, it could contribute to remedying the loss of voting rights presently experienced by a significant number of EU citizens who are long-term residents of other Member States.
1. Citizenship of the 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 be additional to and not replace national citizenship.
2. Citizens of the Union shall enjoy the rights and be subject to the duties provided for in the Treaties. They shall have, inter alia:
(a) the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States;
(b) the right to vote and to stand as candidates in elections to the European Parliament and in municipal elections in their Member State of residence, under the same conditions as nationals of that State;
(c) the right to enjoy, in the territory of a third country in which the Member State of which they are nationals is not represented, the protection of the diplomatic and consular authorities of any Member State on the same conditions as the nationals of that State;
(d) the right to petition the European Parliament, to apply to the European Ombudsman, and to address the institutions and advisory bodies of the Union in any of the Treaty languages and to obtain a reply in the same language. These rights shall be exercised in accordance with the conditions and limits defined by the Treaties and by the measures adopted thereunder.
CfE is a decentralized, experimental, and progressive initiative self-managed by European civil society actors in order to enlarge their networks, strengthen their political impact, and share ideas and good practices with other actors in Europe through an online platform (www.citizensforeurope.eu) and offline meetings.
The CfE website is designed to give visibility to European organizations and provide them with the necessary tools to spread information about their events, political proposals, and campaigns. It is therefore a great source of information on European CSOs and their activities, and provides a unique overview of non-profit actors, thus enabling organizations to find project partners in Europe.
The platform also provides organizations space to connect, exchange ideas, build thematic alliances, and create synergies. CfE works on a voluntary basis: Organizations are invited to develop the project according to their needs and expectations.
Until now, CfE governance has been led by a team of actors who have been involved in the project since its creation (hereafter referred to as the “core team”). Just like the CfE project itself, the core team is decentralized and open to new members. It meets at least twice a year to evaluate the progress of the project, set the annual priorities and define the medium- and long-term strategy.
Although CfE is to remain a loose network, it is now looking for a coordinator to actively manage its growth, development, and action.