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Access to EU Citizenship

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This chapter discusses access to EU citizenship based on Article 20 TFEU granting competence to Member States to decide who their nationals are for the purposes of the EU and limitations which exist in EU law. It explains that apart from differences in naturalization requirements access to EU citizenship is unequal because a Member State referring to autonomy may effectively exclude or include large groups of persons. The chapter discusses CJEU case law and identifies the principles in different situations. It argues that EU citizenship has developed certain rules and principles which affect Member State discretion on access to citizenship, cases of statelessness and multiple nationality. The discretion of Member States regarding acquisition and loss of EU citizenship remains strong. The approach to different cases which identify limits of EU competence is closely linked to new tests attached to interpretation, especially in the context of Article 20 TFEU.

Keywords:Article 20 TFEU; CJEU case law; EU citizenship; member states; multiple nationality



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