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24 Years of EU Citizenship: What We Stand to Lose, Brussels 18 May 2016

ECAS’ Conference “24 Years of EU Citizenship: What We Stand to Lose” analysed the main achievements and challenges of EU Citizenship close to 25 years after the concept was first enshrined in the EU Maastricht Treaty. More than 70 participants took part in the event and over 100 watched it online.


  1. The Conference was organised in the framework of the U-Impact project, funded under the Europe for Citizens Programme managed by DG Migration and Home Affairs. U-Impact - From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact was a project running from April 2015 to June 2016 which supported the development of a European civic space through a series of national events where issues of concern for EU citizens were debated with national and European policy-makers.
  2. See the agenda and the policy brief prepared ahead of the event:

  3. The Conference was opened by Amadeu Altafaj, Permanent Representative to the EU of theGovernment of Catalonia. In his welcoming note, he stressed the significance of EU citizenship and theimportance to preserve it and urged the audience not to take it for granted.
  4. In this keynote speech, EU official from DG Home Pavel Tychtl presented a tragic family story taken from the Nazi times to show how important it is to remember where we come from and what the European Union was set up for.
  5. The first panel of the Conference was moderated by ECAS' Director, Assya Kavrakova. Two video messages sent by MEPs Jo Leinen and György Schöpflin as a contribution to the event were screened. After that the floor was given to the invited pannelists to discuss the main achievements and remaining challenges of EU Citizenship and the rights associated with it. The first panel was composed of: Marie-Hélène Boulanger (DG Justice of the European Commission); Rosita Agnew (EU Ombudsman); Isabell Hoffmann (Bertelsmann Stiftung) and Jon Worth (EU Blogger).
  6. Address by Jo Leinen, MEP
  7. MEP György SCHÖPFLIN on European Citizenship
  8. In the second panel of the Conference civil society representatives discussed rights and values associated with EU citizenship and their practical implementation at national level. The panel was composed of: Samia Badani (New Europeans, UK), Flora Graioni (IREX Europe, France), Elsa Laino (Solidar, Belgium), Carles Cervera (Habitat3, Spain), Mariano Votta (ACN, Italy) and Petko Georgiev (ProInfo Foundation, Bulgaria).