Putting Union Citizenship into Practice: Civil Law Cooperation

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This pdf was first presented on 16 March 2016 at the invitation of EU Justice, Consumer and Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová, Aude Fiorini at a a European Parliament Hearing on ‘EU Citizenship in practice: our common values, rights and democratic participation’.

The hearing, organised jointly by the European Parliament (LIBE, PETI, AFCO and JURI Committees) and the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers) aimed at identifying ways of simplifying and facilitating the exercise of EU citizens' rights, as well as promoting EU common values and democratic participation. EU citizenship was formally defined in the EU Treaties through the Maastricht Treaty and is now enshrined in Articles 20 to 24 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; it is destined to become the ‘fundamental status of nationals of the Member States’.

This presentation evaluates the extent to which judicial cooperation in civil matter has, to date, contributed to the realisation of citizenship rights, in particular the right to free movement and considered what steps should now be taken to fully achieve this right.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016
EventEuropean Parliament Hearing - Union Citizenship in Practice: Our Common Values, Rights and Democratic Participation - European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 15 Mar 201615 Mar 2016


OtherEuropean Parliament Hearing - Union Citizenship in Practice
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