bEUcitizen Final Conference, a project financed under the EU’s FP7

In 1992 the Treaty of Maastricht formally introduced the concept of European Union citizenship. Twenty-one years later the European Commission proclaimed 2013 the Year of European Citizens marking it with the publication of the report ‘EU citizens: your rights, your future’. This was inter alia intended to draw the attention to the (perceived) problem that significant numbers of European citizens were not taking advantage of many of their rights as European citizens. It raised the question that lies at the heart of the FP7 funded bEUcitizen research project that started in 2013: what are the barriers that European citizens face in exercising their rights?


The Conference will be structured as follow:

Wednesday afternoon, April 26th: Stakeholder Event

  • Thursday, April 27th
    • Morning session: “Alternative form of Citizenship”
    • Lunch meeting with policy makers
    • Afternoon session: “Migration”
    • Conference dinner
  •  Friday, April 28th
    • Morning session: “Rise of Anti-European politics: Legitimacy, cohesion and solidarity in the EU”
    • Lunch meeting with policy makers
    • Afternoon session: “Wrap-up and project closing”

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More in particular, the bEUcitizen project engaged with the following questions and themes:

  1. What is the meaning and significance of EU Citizenship? What is its added value and which innovative narratives can be developed to give shape to the future of EU citizenship?
  2. What impact does migration have on European citizenship? How do we deal with the weaning public support for EU migration and with the refugee crisis that is perhaps even more problematic and urgent, which the EU is currently facing?
  3. What continue to be the main barriers to free movement and seeking residence in another Member State?
  4. How is the European Union dealing with questions on legitimacy, cohesion and solidarity and what impact does this have on EU citizenship? (How) do these questions relate to the rise of anti-European politics?