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Voting obstacles, political rights and Brexit: Report from State of the Union Citizens’ Rights 2019

28 June 2019

Brexit, the rise of populism and the challenges of online disinformation have all tugged at different citizens’ rights, including those at the core of a European citizenship. Being a key election year, it is important to create chances to have a say on the course that the EU is set to take from here on out and on the impact it will have on citizens’ lives. To do so, on May 14th ECAS held its second annual State of the Union Citizens’ Rights 2019: The Post-Election EU Citizenship Agenda.

The event brought together a number of experts, civil society organisations (CSOs), representatives of the EU Institutions and citizens, who focused on the obstacles that the more than 17 million EU mobile citizens do or may experience when residing in a Member State different then their own.

The two panels of the conference presented the state of the art in the EU citizenship field, including the main legislative developments and obstacles to the exercise of EU rights, and showcased successful case studies, which demonstrated how freedom of movement and political participation of EU citizens can be facilitated and improved.

Shifting from awareness to action, speakers also formulated recommendations for the post-election European citizenship agenda of the European Union to assure that EU citizens and their rights are at the centre of the decision-making processes at all levels.


Read the key highlights and summary of the take-home messages in our report from the event!


This event was funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) and the European Programme for Integration and Migration. The content of the conference represented the views of the organiser only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission and EPIM do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.