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What do you want to achieve with this project?

At the Final Session of the Summer University on 1 September it was suggested and immediately accepted that ECIT Foundation should issue an appeal to European citizens to defend and promote Union citizenship, whilst urging them to take  the immediate step of signing all the ECIs and petitions. We took some time to formulate this appeal under the acronym “CLAIM” making it easy to remember.

We suggest you make use of this appeal and put it on your website, spread it via social media, or attach it to e-mails. We suggest you add your own comments and explanations so that it becomes more relevant to your own particular concerns and  audience.

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We suggest you make use of this appeal and put it on your website, spread it via social media, or attach it to e-mails. We suggest you add your own comments and explanations so that it becomes more relevant to your own particular concerns and  audience.

What are the details of the project?

Now is the time for you as a European citizen not only to stand up for your rights but also to take responsibility for developing your own citi- zenship. Since it was introduced in the Maastricht Treaty a generation ago, Union citizenship has been a top-down institutional status, with significant legal and political potential, but lacking popular support. At the 2017 Summer University organised by the ECIT Foundation, activi- sts and researchers concluded that it would be wrong to continue to rely on the EU Institutions alone to develop Union citizenship. Our ap- peal to European citizens is to do no less than CLAIM their own Union citizenship.

Union Citizenship needs symbols and new ideas: a free movement solidarity fund, a citizens’ card (to make it easier to claim European rights and sign appeals to the EU), full political rights (that allow citizens living in another EU Member State to vote in all national elections and referenda), a European citizens’ house in every region to serve as an open space for information, advice and debate.

The thing that’s going to make a real difference: a conscious commitment by millions of EU citizens to CLAIM their citizenship status!

Topics the proposal focuses on
  • Citizen Participation
  • Democracy and Participation
  • ECI
  • Education and culture
  • Human/ Fundamental Rights