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Concept of EU Citizenship

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The European Union(EU) citizenship concept is something unknown to the international community and is to be treated with caution. It has been called a derivative status based on national citizenship, an additional status providing for certain rights beyond the State border or a potentially autonomous status which might be extended to persons who do not hold Member State nationality. The concept is still closely linked with possession of national citizenship and the decision of each Member State as to which of their nationals will be entitled to EU citizen status and rights. Objectives of EU citizenship include granting acceptable legal protection to persons mobile in the EU; reducing the democratic deficit; constructing a European identity; delimiting the personal scope of the political union. There is still a view that EU citizenship cannot have an autonomous meaning and that it is limited in light of EU competences.

Keywords:democratic deficit; EU citizenship; international law; Member State nationality; national citizenship



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