Retaining European Citizenship - A European Citizens' Initiative
Retaining European Citizenship - A European Citizens' Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions

Quick, simple guide to 'Retaining European Citizenship'. If the information you're looking for isn't here, please submit a question to info@eucitizen2017.org

FAQ 1

WHAT IS A EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE?

A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. A citizens' initiative has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 28 member states ... [more information]

FAQ 2

WHAT IS 'RETAINING EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP' ABOUT?

We are seeking a way for people to retain their European citizenship if they wish. Our initiative, Retaining European Citizenshiphas been submitted by the required seven EU citizens resident in seven member states: Belgium, France,  Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy and the UK. The text reads:

To uphold the right of Union citizens to move and reside freely within the territory of Member States under objective conditions of freedom and dignity (Directive 2004/38/EC), and to safeguard citizens of the Union from use as bargaining chips in negotiations under Article 50 TEU, requests the Commission submit a proposal to retain the rights of EU citizenship for all those who have already exercised their freedom of movement prior to the departure of a Member State leaving the Union, and for those nationals of a departing State who wish to retain their status as citizens of the Union.

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FAQ 3

IS THIS INITIATIVE DEMANDING A EUROPEAN PASSPORT?

Not directly, although one might be issued as a consequence of this and other similar initiatives. 

FAQ 4

IS THIS INITIATIVE AIMED JUST AT UK NATIONALS?

No. 'Retaining European Citizenship' aims to appeal to all citizens of the European Union. Citizenship - and the rights and responsibilities that go with it - should not so easily be stripped away from European citizens. We are concerned with those who wish to retain their citizenship, with EU nationals in the UK who face an uncertain future as a result of Brexit, with UK nationals residing in EU countries and with all those who want to defend their citizenship. 

FAQ 5

I'M A UK NATIONAL RESIDENT IN FRANCE AND I'M HAVING DIFFICULTY SIGNING THE ECI. WHAT'S GOING ON?

We are currently offering the following advice but are seeking clarification which we will post here as soon as possible:

UK NATIONALS SIGNING IN CERTAIN EU STATES PLEASE NOTE:  

UK nationals in France, Czech Republic and one or two other EU countries using their British passport number as a reference. Once you complete the form and click Support, you may receive an error message about the format / numbering of the document. Simply scroll down and check the box for "The format of my personal identification (document) number and/or postal code is correct - please ignore this error and continue"

FAQ 6

THE ENDORSEMENT FORM ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION WEBSITE ASKS FOR A LOT OF PERSONAL INFORMATION. WILL THIS INFORMATION BE PUBLISHED? IS IT SAFE?

All of the information you provide on the endorsement form is encrypted and safely stored. The systems involved are designed and regulated by the government of Luxembourg. The information you provide will never be published and will remain encrypted until we reach 1,000,000 signatures at which point it will be sent to the government of each respective endorser for verification ie. for confirmation that you are an EU citizen. 

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