Your rights, your future2013 EU Citizenship Report1
2013 EU Citizenship Report● Timely political context ▪ 20 years of EU citizenship ▪ The European Year of Citizens - the Citizens Dialogues ▪ Run-up to the European elections in 2014● Citizens at the centre ▪ Online public consultation (9 May 2012)Results: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/citizen/files/eu-citizen-brochure_en.pdf ▪ Eurobarometer surveys ▪ European Year events with civil society ▪ Forum with the Committee of the Regions ▪ Hearing with the European Parliament ▪ Citizens Dialogues: http://ec.europa.eu/european-debate/index_en.htm
Progress achieved: the Commission delivered● Reporting on the 25 deliverables of the 2010 Report, for example: Facilitating the smooth circulation of public documents (such as birth, death or marriagecertificates or documents relating to real estate); Strengthening the rights of around 75 million people who are victims of crime every year inthe EU; Cutting red tape for 3.5 million people registering a car in another EU country each year,leading to savings of at least EUR 1.5 billion per year for businesses, citizens and registrationauthorities; Removing obstacles to the effective exercise of electoral rights in European and localelections by the 8 million EU citizens of voting age living in an EU country other than theirown; and Offering citizens user-friendly information on their EU rights through an online one-stopshop information point — Your Europe and Europe Direct.•● Full table of implementation available on VP Redings websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/reding/factsheets/index_en.htm
12 new actions to improve EU citizens lives● 6 key areas1. Removing obstacles for workers, students and trainees in the EU2. Cutting red tape in the Member States3. Protecting the more vulnerable in the EU4. Eliminating barriers to shopping in the EU5. Targeted and accessible information in the EU6. Participating in the democratic life of the EU
1 - Removing obstacles for workers, students and traineesMaking it easier for citizens to find a joband boost the EU economy▪ Action 1: Revising the social securitycoordination regulation, in particular looking intoextending the export of unemployment benefitsfor longer than the mandatory three months.Facilitating young peoples transition fromstudy to work and developing their skills▪ Action 2: Developing a quality framework fortraineeships, modernising EURES, and launchinga pilot initiative to improve exchange ofinformation about traineeship and apprenticeshipopportunities in other EU countries.Young peoples willingness to work in anotherEU country (Youth on the Move Eurobarometer2011)
2 - Cutting red tape in the Member StatesRemoving administrative hurdles and simplifying procedures for citizens living andtravelling in the EU▪Action 3: Proposing solutions to remove obstacles linked to identity and residence documents.▪Action 4: Taking initiatives to promote best tax practice and ensure correct application of EUtax law.▪Action 5: Taking steps to establish a vehicle information platform to facilitate the recognitionof roadworthiness certificates.▪
3 – Protecting the more vulnerable in the EULifting obstacles for citizenswith disabilities (80 millionpeople with disabilities in theEU)▪Action 6: Developing an EUdisability card that is mutuallyrecognised across the EU.Further strengthening procedural rightsin particular for children and vulnerablecitizens(In the public consultation on EU citizenship, 73%of respondents supported the idea of givingchildren and vulnerable adults safeguards toensure a fair trial that must apply in any EUcountry)▪Action 7: Strengthening citizens proceduralrights in criminal proceedings (legal aid,presumption of innocence), taking intoaccount the specific situation of children andvulnerable citizens.
4 – Eliminating barriers to shopping in the EU▪ Action 8: Revising the European SmallClaims Procedure to facilitate the settling ofdisputes regarding purchases in another EUcountry ( proposing to raise the current EUR2 000 threshold to EUR 25 000)▪ Action 9: Developing a model for the onlinedisplay of key requirements to make theinformation on digital products clearer andeasy to compare. Launching, in spring 2014,an awareness raising campaign on consumerrights.
5 – Targeted and accessible information in the EU▪ Action 10: Ensuring that local administrationsare given the tools to fully comprehend the freemovement rights of EU citizens (via an e-trainingtool and the town twinning scheme).▪ Action 11: Providing user-friendly guidance onits central Europa website.Source: 2012 Public consultation on EU citizenship - Base: Respondents who faced problems while moving or residing in another EU country
6 - Participating in the democratic life of the EU▪Action 12:-- issuing a handbook on EU rights;-- propose constructive ways to enable EU citizens living in another EU country to fullyparticipate in the democratic life of the EU by maintaining their right to vote innational elections in their country of origin;-- developing the European public space.Source: 2012 Public consultation onEU citizenship - Base: All respondentsSource: 2013 Eurobarometer onelectoral rights
The Debate on the Future of EuropeReaching out across the EUConfirmed Citizens DialogueCitizens Dialogue in planningVirtual event Winter 2014