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On Thursday 4 February 2021, a hearing of the Committee of the Regions on the European Citizens’ Initiative took place. Voters Without Borders, the initiative to defend the voting rights of all citizens of the European Union was presented. Source: Unsplash, Timon Studler The European Union has not only been able to create an economic …
Iago Rodriguez and Tommaso Bratto More than 5.6 million Catalans were called on Sunday 14th to have a say on the new Parlament and influence the formation of the next Govern de la Generalitat, Catalonia’s regional executive. Although the Socialists received the most votes, pro-independence party ERC is said to lead the next regional government …
2021 Portuguese Presidential Elections: the worst abstention in history Portugal’s Presidential elections on Sunday, 24 January, saw three winners and one loser – the loser being the actual voters.  Article by Ambra Cortese, Tommaso Bratto and Sinéad O’Keeffe Centre-right President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa – endorsed by the Socialists (​PS​) – was re-elected for a …
Report This year’s conference brought together around 280 civil society activists, researchers and policy makers to an online stage to discuss EU citizenship in its current shape and how it should look into the future; how to strengthen the Rule of Law; European citizenship education; pushing the boundaries of European citizenship; achieving full political rights; …
– Sinéad O Keeffe On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union. All EU law ceased to apply to the UK on 31 December, making it a ‘third country’. Hence, citizens of the UK can no longer benefit from EU rights such as the freedom of movement, the right to address a …
– Sinéad O’Keeffe’s speech to the European Commission for ‘ECI Week’ Good morning to all, Dia daoibh go léir My name is Sinéad O Keeffe and I am a member of Voters Without Borders European Citizens Initiative. Our ECI strives to give real meaning to European citizenship and achieve better integration of mobile EU citizens …
– A new breakthrough for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) demanding full political rights for EU citizens on the move- The youth-led task force “Voters without borders” launched its campaign: “All I want for Christmas is my vote” on 15 December on the square in front of the European Parliament. The ECI demands reform of the existing …
A new breakthrough for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) demanding full political rights for EU citizens on the move by Tony Venables and Aure Isouard The youth-led task force “Voters without borders” launched its campaign: “All I want for Christmas is my vote” on 15 December on the square in front of the European Parliament. The …
Article by Robert Stefan Goia 9.7 million people, the fifth-biggest diaspora in the world according to a report of the Department of Romanians Everywhere, is getting ready to vote for a continuous two days for the diaspora parliament representatives on the 5th and 6th December 2020 Romanian Parliamentary Elections. After decades of poor electoral organization in the diaspora, which resulted …
Article by Sinéad O’Keeffe Ireland is one of five EU Member States (Cyprus, Malta, Germany and Denmark) that deprives its  diaspora of the right to vote in national elections on account of residence abroad under varying conditions. This is on the basis of the assumption that expatriates are not affected by political decisions taken in …
By Robert Goia and Tommaso Bratto Sunday, 11 October, the first round of the general elections were held in Lithuania to elect 71 of the 141 representatives of the “Seimas”, the Lithuanian Parliament. Whereas the second round which took place on the 25 October elected the remaining seats, it seems likely that a coalition government …
By Anna Comacchio and Juliette Gille-Vignale “Next year, we will propose clearer rules on the financing of the European political parties and take action to ensure greater transparency in paid political advertising, improve the electoral rights of mobile Europeans and take action to protect journalists and civil society against strategic lawsuits against public participation.” – …
by Sinéad O’Keeffe “In Austria, you have to be an Austrian Citizen to vote at the provincial elections, because the capital, Vienna, is both a city and a province I cannot vote here at all. In addition, Denmark does not allow citizens who are not living in Denmark to vote for local elections. So as …
Article by Sinead O’Keeffe and Robert Stefan Goia Dear Voters Without Borders supporters, We, as The Voters Without Borders team, have issued a complaint on 1 October to Didier Reynder, the Commissioner of Justice of the European Union, regarding issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic that EU mobile citizens are facing when exercising their right …
Article by Aure Isouard, Nusa Vidensek, and Robert Stefan Goia On 27 September 62% of Swiss voters decided in favour of keeping freedom of movement between their country and the EU. This is a welcome result particularly in a period of restrictions on European freedoms for 450,000 Swiss citizens living in EU Member States, 1.4 …
La vittoria del SÌ al referendum costituzionale del 20-21 settembre ha ridotto il numero di parlamentari eletti nella circoscrizione estero. Le conseguenze del taglio ci impongono di ripensare il processo democratico tanto per chi vive in Italia quanto all’estero. Article by Beniamino Brunati Tra minacce di una nuova ondata pandemica, promesse di governo e disinformazione …
By Beniamino Brunati & Joran Brons Source: European Parliament In the Report on the 2019 Elections to the European Parliament released on 19 June 2020, European Institutions make the point on the consultation and indicate a series of measures in line with Voters Without Borders’s objectives to strengthen voting rights for mobile citizens in the …
A Young Task Force Writing The History Of A More Democratic EU! During the European Parliament Elections of 2019, never as before, young people were really involved and enthusiastic about promoting the importance of voting at the EU level. Their increased interest in the EU was almost unbelievable. The ECIT Foundation Summer University that took …
Can Languages Tell Us The History Of Our European Past? Can you imagine a bunch of Erasmus students coming from different regions of Europe meeting together for the classic pub crawl activity and speaking Latin as the lingua franca instead of English? “Well, unless they are extremely drunk and trying to impress each other, probably …
5 Differences between the US and Europe Since coming to Belgium to study abroad, it is difficult not to notice the differences between the United States and Europe. When making comparisons, often people see one as better or worse, but truly they are just different! Here are five things I see as the largest distinctions …
A Participatory Democracy in Europe: the Moment is Now! Times call for a radical changes in the way European democracy is ran, and the Conference on the Future of Europe is the best opportunity to make a step forward. But only if citizens and civil society organizations are duly included in the reform process. As …
#Andràtuttobene This is what children in Italy are drawing. The main features are notable: a rainbow, a peaceful landscape and reassuring sentences. #Andràtuttobene” means everything will be all right, this is how children are sending a positive message to the world, while #iorestoacasa is now one of the most used hashtags in Italy to encourage …
What you may have forgotten about the French municipal elections! Since 1992, with the treaty of Maastricht, EU mobile citizens can vote in local elections. In France, they are, according to the French statistic center¹, 1,851,000. All of them should be able to vote, nevertheless, among them, according to the French newspaper Ouest France², only …
The invisible rights’ struggle of mobile EU citizens If the 2019 European elections have been quite the success in terms of turnout and involvement of the young population, they could not be qualified as “smooth sailing” for all EU citizens.  The 2019 European elections were shaped by the significant increase in voter turnout. 50.66% is …
A Paradox of European Democracy
Transnational Quarantine Thoughts Hi there, My name is Robert and I am from Romania, studied three years in the UK and now I am finishing my masters of European Studies in Belgium. Since quite young, quite 19 at the time, I took my chances as a European citizen and pursued studies abroad in the field …
Why the pandemic makes « Voters Without Borders » in the EU more needed than ever There is a silent, echo-less quarantine: that of EU citizens abroad. Little has been said about it, or rather, only when sensationalized by the media or for criticizing those of us who tried to go back home. We mobile …
How your European citizenship will help in another continent: European consular protection If I told you that, as a European citizen, you have rights that you do not even suspect, would you believe me?  To all those who are curious or sceptical, let me introduce you to what is probably the least known right attached …