The European Citizens’ Initiative at the European Committee of the Regions

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 StudlerThe European Union has not only been able…

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Voters without borders: “EU and Spanish electoral law require urgent reform”

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…

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2021 Portuguese Presidential Elections: the worst abstention in history

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​)…

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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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