The European Citizenship Concept and Enalrgement of the Union

Romanian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 71-97, 2003

27 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2006

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Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Abstract

The current development of the EU citizenship concept is incompatible with some of the terms of enlargement, namely the policy of transition periods, outlined in the Act of Accession. While the ECJ has tried to interpret EU citizenship as a 'fundamental status', the 2003 Act of Accession introduces limitations on the freedom of movement - a core citizenship right - thus undermining the European citizenship concept and the idea of equality for all Europeans. Unfortunately, this situation is made possible by the wording of Article 18 EC itself, which allows for conditions, thus opening the door for the creation of 'second class' citizens. This paper argues that the most recent enlargement offered an opportunity to bring about a new understanding of equality at the European level and give real meaning to the European citizenship concept, completing rather than undermining the achievements of the ECJ, and taking into account the lessons of previous enlargements. In light of this, the Articles of Accession represent a missed opportunity

Keywords: European Union, Enlargement, European Citizenship, Citizenship, Equality, Transitional Periods, Eastern Europe, ECJ

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry, The European Citizenship Concept and Enalrgement of the Union. Romanian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 71-97, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926850

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

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