08/05/2013 at 11:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
On 8 May, the European Commission will present the EU Citizenship Report 2013, the political flagship initiative of the European Year of Citizens. In this report the Commission takes stock of recent achievements: what has been done to help EU citizens exercise their right? And what remains to be done? The EU Citizenship Report 2013 will identify remaining obstacles which still prevent EU citizens from making full use of their rights - from looking for a job in other EU countries, via getting better legal protection whenever in another EU country, to ensuring stronger participation in the democratic life of the Union.
EU Citizens are at the heart of European integration and their support and participation is key to increasing the legitimacy of the European Union. This is of particular importance now, as the EU takes unprecedented and often painful decisions to stabilise Europe's economy.
In this context, the Commission is looking at what EU rights mean for citizens and how these can be further strengthened so that the benefits are felt in citizens' everyday lives.
The Citizenship Report 2013 directly addresses concerns raised by citizens: it builds on a large online public consultation which was carried out in 2012 and on citizens’ feedback in the first Citizens Dialogues in which members of the Commission, national and local politicians and members of the European Parliament have participated in the context of the 2013 European Year of Citizens. It also reflects findings of the Eurobarometer surveys. Finally, it looks at the track record of the 25 actions announced in the first Citizenship Report in 2010 announcing 12 new actions to help citizens make better use of their rights within the EU.
11.30 Vice-President Reding will hold a press conference (Berlaymont press room in Brussels).
IP and MEMO will be available on the day.