The EU Rights Clinic : ONE YEAR on
In the twelve months since its establishment, the EU Rights Clinic has received over 60 requests for assistance. 44% of the Clinic’s cases related to problems encountered by EU citizens in the UK. Several problems were also reported in Belgium (12% of cases), Spain (11% of cases) and France (8% of cases).
The Clinic assisted over 160 individuals throughout the EU – of which over half comprised British citizens – and helped them to resolve problems in 14 different European countries.
The problems encountered by the Clinic’s clients span a wide range of issues, but the vast majority of problems related to residence formalities (46%) and visa problems faced by non-EU family members (21%). The following chart illustrates the nature of the cases handled by the Clinic in 2013:
EU Rights Clinic: 6 months on
The cases below are concrete examples of the type of issues referred to the EU Rights Clinic and the type of actions the Clinic has been able to take to resolve them.
- Croatian volunteer detained for two days at Charleroi Airport in Belgium
- British citizen unable to export disability living allowance to Hungary
- Family member of EU citizen assisted in obtaining residence card in Belgium
- EU nationals in Spain complain about discriminatory tax reporting requirements
- Family member denied right to apply for a residence card in Cyprus
- Venezuelan mother to EU national minor wishing to relocate in the UK
- UK national without the right to vote in the UK or in Denmark where he lives