January 2018 - December 2020

Academic Network to perform research services on issues pertaining to Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies (EU-CITZEN)

a consortium formed by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Maastricht University (UM), European University Institute (EUI), Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR Budapest Foundation)

EU-CITZEN establishes a new Academic Network on European Citizenship Rights aimed at providing the European Commission with the best independent scholarly knowledge and advice on Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies, and their implementation in EU Member States and other third countries of relevance. EU-CITZEN will secure inter-disciplinary expertise and a forum for discussion on all issues and questions to be covered in the European Commission’s 2019 Citizenship of the Union Report and the 2019 European elections.

EU-CITZEN brings together a network of academic and research institutions and a Brussels-based think tank, along with a pool of national experts, which are uniquely positioned to deliver the multifaceted set of Tasks envisaged in the Tender Specifications.

The Network has been designed around five main Thematic Working Parties, corresponding with the five main “pillars” or rights-based dimensions envisaged by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) under the heading of ‘Citizenship of the Union’ and corresponding EU Charter fundamental rights: First, EU citizenship and non-discrimination (including minority rights) – Article 18 & 19 TFEU; Second, National Citizenship: Acquisition and loss – Article 20 TFEU; Third, EU citizenship and free movement & social security – Article 21 TFEU; Fourth, EU citizenship and electoral rights – Article 22 TFEU; Fifth, EU citizenship and diplomatic & consular protection – Article 23 TFEU. An additional Thematic Working Party will cover ‘horizontal aspects’ of relevance to the previous five components of Citizenship of the Union, including citizens’ initiatives, the right to petition and good administration (Article 24 TFEU).


Funded by: European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers

Period: January 2018 – December 2020

Contract no: JUST/2016/RCIT/PR/RIGH/0078



CEPS (Justice & Home Affairs Programme) - Coordinator

Maastricht University (Faculty of Law) - Coordinator

European University Institute (Global Citizenship Observatory – GLOBALCIT)

Tallinn University of Technology (Department of Law)

The interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in Social Sciences (ICCR Budapest Foundation)