Understanding EU citizenship: from the past to the present


"Understanding EU citizenship:
from the past to the present"

16 May 2019 | 11:30-13:30
​Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

The European Liberal Forum invites you to a public event
"Understanding EU citizenship: from the past to the present"
supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Kindly register at*: https://tinyurl.com/EUcitizenshipPast-Present


11:30 | Welcome by Thomas Ilka, Director European Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum

11:45 | "European citizenship, free movement and the Brexit case"
Lecture by Dr Francesca Strumia, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield

Comments by Anna Zaremba (tbc), EU rights coordinator, European Citizens' Action Service

Moderated by Carmen Descamps, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

12:30 | Q&A

13:00 | Light lunch

About the event

« Citizenship is hereby established. […] Citizens of the Union shall enjoy the rights and be subject to the duties provided for in the Treaties. », stipulates Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. However, do we as European citizens really know what the concept of citizenship means for us today and which concrete rights it entails apart from voting on 26 May ?  
As there remains still much to do in the field, we take the opportunity to put a spotlight onto EU citizenship shortly after Europe Day and only ten days before the European elections.

Introduced with the Maastricht Treaty under Art. 20-25 TFEU in an attempt to bring European citizens closer to the EU and to forge European identity, EU citizenship has evolved steadily since 1992. Following the British vote to leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016, questions of EU citizenship regainend prominence as well. However, EU citizenship is often too complex or too vague for many citizens. While a majority of Europeans confirm they are aware of their rights as citizens of the European Union, they would also like to know more according to a Eurobarometer suvey (March 2018).

In order to understand the essence and scope of application of the supranational EU citizenship concept, one has to take into account different elements : the Treaty framework, the derivate character of Union citizenship and its implementation through secondary law. The different economic, social, civic and political rights conferred by EU citizenship are therefore as heterogenious as the different fundaments it is built on.

This lecture-debate on EU citizenship, given by an expert in the field and consultant to the Italian Embassy in the UK, aims to explore the legal dimensions of Union citizenship and to give a brief overview of its development in the last 15 years. In view of current Brexit negotiations, special attention will be paid to the question of EU citizenship in the context of withdrawal from the EU.


An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Co-funded by the European Parliament.
Neither the European Parliament nor the European Liberal Forum are responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. The views expressed herein are those of the speaker alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum asbl.

* Please note that upon registration you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly please send an email to [email protected]. Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness. 


May 16, 2019 at 11:30am - 1:30pm
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Av de Cortenbergh 71
Brussels 1000
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