One Cannot Promote Free Movement of EU Citizens and Restrict Their Political Participation
University of Warwick - School of Law
July 25, 2012
Should EU Citizens Living in Other Member States Vote There in National Elections?’, EUI Working Paper, RSCAS 2012/32
Southampton Law School Research Paper
The contributions to the EUDO debate on whether EU citizens should have voting rights in national elections in the country of their residence are both enlightening and thoughtful. They have provided a number of valuable reflections on matters of principle, policy, strategy, and tactics in the light of contemporary political developments at both European Union and domestic levels. By clarifying matters of principle as well as issues of politics, they have outlined several trajectories and shed ample light onto the pros and cons of the European Citizens’ Initiative.
Given the horizon of possibilities open to us, we are now obliged to exercise our liberty to decide whether we would support the proposal for a European Citizens’ Initiative on national voting rights. Let me state at the outset that I fully support it; after all, since the mid-1990s my work has consistently defended the grant of electoral rights in national elections to European Union citizens in the Member State of residence. Believing that circumstances do not decide (and should not decide) and that deciding not to decide is not a credible option, the above line of decision has been prompted by the following four considerations.
Published in ‘Should EU Citizens Living in other Member States Vote There in National Elections?’, EUI Working Paper, RSCAS 2012/32
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 27, 2012
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