Voters Without Borders Events

Putting European Citizenship on the Agenda:

🔸*How* to reconnect Europe to its citizens by upgrading the first transnational citizenship of the modern era?
🔸*How* to create a sense of community among more than 500 million individuals?
🔸*How* to make European Citizenship education central to the recovery plan?
💥The European added value of Union citizenship – what, why and how?


#ELFevents: 18 November-9.30 AM

Did you know that…

…Europeans possess two levels of citizenship: national and European citizenship. But what does it really mean in our daily lives? Going further than solely creating a feeling of common belonging, EU citizenship grants a whole set of fundamental rights to Europeans, such as the right to vote and stand in European and local elections in your country of residence within the EU. 

To date, European citizenship is a worldwide unique concept. However, a recent report by the European Parliament, the substantial research carried out by Voters Without Borders and all the stories collected with the help of all of you, reveal that its substantive effects for average citizens as very limited, underlining the need for reform and joint efforts for a full use of EU citizenship provisions. Building onto this untapped potential, this event seeks to gather innovative thinkers, citizens’ lobbyists and European politicians around the question of how to make EU citizenship future-proof. Join the conversation!

6 November 2020 14h00
The Future of Democracy and the 14 Million: the democratic reforms on the agenda of the COFOE

What chances for democratic reforms in the context of the Conference on Future of Europe?

Is this the right context to address such issues and how to mobilise civil society and a wider public behind a European democratic reform process? With the German presidency of the European Council and the strong civil society ecosystem working around voting rights and democracy, it is vital that the campaign takes off in Germany and reaches the threshold of 67,680 signatures and 13,905 in Austria. 

How do we put a loose coalition together and who to target?

Join the discussion!

19 October 2020 18h45
Young Changemakers' Academy 2020 - Online Webinar I

The Young Changemakers Academy is a programme aiming to prepare young people to take active part in their respective communities by shaping their future in given policy areas, by means of three seminars and networking support with other young people and senior political figures from all over Europe with similar interests and objectives.
The Young Changemakers Academy shall be a platform to connect young changemakers engaging in political advocacy.

The Voters Without Borders team will take part in this first webinar to describe their own experience as young changemakers in the field of European democracy.

16 October 2020 14h00
#ErasmusDays2020: The Erasmus Generation Shaping European Democracy

Erasmus+ makes European citizens, ECIs make European citizenship better!
As a contribution to #Erasmusdays2020, Voters Without Borders organized a webinar to exchange views on how Erasmus students can have an impact on the modern functioning of European Democracy.
Our experience promoting citizens and voting rights in the EU, in particular through our European Citizens’ Initiative, was presented.
In addition, President of ESN Spain Juan Rayón González shared the experience of Erasmus Student Network in order to give a clear example of how the Erasmus generation is already having an impact. Room for improvement is still there, as highlighted by participants as well as by the ESNsurvey on turnout of Erasmus student in elections, as reported by researcher João Pinto.
You can replay the webinar via this link.


26 September 2020
Let the 17 million EU citizens vote!

Voters Without Borders is taking part in the Online Forum on Modern Direct Democracy with a panel on the importance to innovate democracy in Europe.

The talk will be part of the Forum’s Track 4: Democracy in Crisis. It will include data about cross-border voting, testimonials, as well as considerations about the improvement of voting rights, in a moment in which the pandemic seems to threaten some of the most basic principles of European democracy.

Register now to join us online!

Saturday 26 September 2020

1 September 2020
Voters Without Borders Launch Event

Voters Without Borders was officially launched on 1 September at the Press Club in Brussels. The Task Force presented the Initiative, then MEPs as well as other supporters explained the importance of extending voting rights in the European Union. Download the Event Report to know more about the interventions.