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Conference Report: State of the Union Citizens’ Rights 2022 – Reinventing EU Citizenship post COVID-19

23 May 2022
Conference Report: State of the Union Citizens Rights 2022 Conference

On 29th March, ECAS held the fourth edition of its “State of the Union Citizens Rights” event, an annual conference aimed at identifying challenges faced by EU citizens to their right to free movement and the solutions to overcoming them.

The conference was organised in the framework of the EURECA project, under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Commission.

To learn more about what was discussed at the conference

You can also find the recordings of the conference here.

Welcome: Assya Kavrakova, Executive Director, ECAS

Keynote speech: Yana Toom, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group, Vice-Chair

Your Europe Advice (YEA) Annual Trends

Claire Damilano, Senior Legal Manager, ECAS

Marrit Westerweel, Citizens’ Advice Coordinator, ECAS

Panel Discussion: Challenges in the EU citizenship field

Moderator: Assya Kavrakova, Executive Director, ECAS

Brexit-related challenges: Julie Bishop, Director, Law Centres Network

The Impact of COVID-19 on Service Providers and Homeless People: Simona Barbu, Policy Officer, FEANTSA

Potential impact of AI on citizen rights: Dimitris Kyriazanos, Associate Researcher in the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSRD)

Discrimination against mobile European Union citizens before and during the first COVID-19 lockdown: Evidence from a conjoint experiment in Germany: Carolin Hjort Rapp, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen

Panel Discussion: Reinventing EU citizenship

The upcoming Communication on Directive 2004/38/EC and the revision of voting Directives: Sybille Luhmann, Policy Officer for Free Movement and Citizen Rights at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

The European citizenship of the future: Francesca Strumia, Senior Lecturer and Director of Internationalization, University of Sheffield

EU social citizenship: Maurizio Ferrera, Professor of Political Science, University of Milan

Recommendations of the “European Way of Life” cluster of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe: Piotr Sadowski, Secretary General, Volonteurope

Changing narratives on freedom of movement – results of the CORE campaign and lessons learnt

Assya Kavrakova, Executive Director, ECAS

Eoin Young, Programme Director, ICPA

Omri Preiss, Managing Director, Alliance4Europe

ECAS Awards 2021 on European Citizenship Innovation

Moderator and concluding remarks: Jean Lambert, former MEP, Vice-chairperson of ECAS’ Board of Directors