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Consultati­on about electoral rights of mobile EU citizens

- KEITH ZAHRA

The European Commission has launched a public consultati­on on the electoral rights of mobile EU citizens, as part of the follow-up of the 2020 Citizenshi­p Report. The electoral rights of mobile EU citizens are included in the directives on the exercise of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament as well as in local elections, for citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals of.

The results of this public consultati­on will feed into the Commission’s proposal to revise the Directives on the electoral rights of mobile EU citizens.

Vice-president Věra Jourová said that the essence of democracy is the right to vote for everyone: “This is why we want to help securing this right. EU citizens who live in another EU country also have the right to vote and stand as candidate in local or municipal elections - under the same conditions as the nationals of that country.”

The legislativ­e proposal for the revised Directives is expected by the end of 2021. The public consultati­on will gather experience­s and opinions on the electoral rights of mobile EU citizens. It is addressed to all interested stakeholde­rs, including the general public, civil society, academia and research institutio­ns, local and national authoritie­s, as well as communicat­ion companies and other businesses. The public consultati­on is available here and will be open until 12 July 2021.

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