Final Report of ECIT’s Annual Conference 2020

Download the Full Report here (pdf)Download 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…

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‘Voters Without Borders’ Discusses Northern Ireland’s Unique Position Outside of the EU

- 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,…

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Online Campaigning in the Times of Covid-19

- 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…

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Review of European Commission Citizenship Report 2020

- 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…

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Commission Citizenship Report 2020

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…

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Representing the unrepresented: Romania’s Parliamentary elections can be a representational breakthrough for its diaspora.

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…

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Ireland: the Land of Saints, Scholars and Disenfranchisement

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…

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Lithuania 2020: Enhancing political participation through establishing a diaspora constituency

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…

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‘Voters Without Borders’ claim first major victory!

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…

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Voters Without Borders say: “Voting rights: Vienna waits for you!”

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…

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