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Civic Observatory on the Rights of EU Citizens (CORE)

Civic Observatory on the Rights of EU Citizens (CORE) aims to monitor and take stock of legal and political developments in the field of EU citizenship, including the right to free movement, political inclusion, access to health care and tackling homelessness among mobile EU citizens. This will allow the organisations involved in the Observatory to run and implement joint cross-sectoral initiatives and advocacy actions in order to complement and increase the impact of their individual activities.

The Observatory will publish its annual policy report, outlining the most important developments, and present it during the annual conferences and other relevant events of the three partner organisations.

The specific objective of CORE  is to optimise the impact of the individual work of CORE’s members by creating synergies in terms of expertise to increase capacity and upscaling the promotion of EU mobile citizens’ rights.

The Civic Observatory on the Rights of EU Citizens (CORE) is a joint venture of the European Citizens Action Service (ECAS) and:


ECAS will:

  • Identify legal experts from its network who are interested to be trained in homelessness issues and cooperate with other members of the project to identify good practices at national level;
  • Provide Your Europa Advice (YEA) data and legal analysis concerning cross-border problems related to the comprehensive sickness insurance;
  • Provide internal training on the following issues: strategic litigation, political inclusion, and freedom of movement;
  • Initiate start-up communication and campaign network with the aim to create a mutually beneficial communication ecosystem with members and partners, which will allow the organisations to support each other, optimise knowledge, know-how and resources and multiply the outreach to their constituencies;
  • Develop a stakeholders’ mapping to identify relevant organisations, institutions, decision-makers and individuals to be targeted after the European elections and the newly constituted European Commission;
  • Organise at least three meetings with the newly-elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to present the most pressing issues in the fields of EU citizenship;
  • Organise three national events gathering at least 20 participants in the Member States (MS) where most persistent obstacles have been identified, e.g. Spain, Ireland, Greece or Portugal;
  • Organise multiple Brussels-based events.


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