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Liberal MEPs call for full electoral rights for non-Danish residents from EU countries

Meanwhile, another proposal calls for ‘associate EU citizenships’ to be made available to citizens of former union countries, such as Britain

Could signs in English one day direct a new wave of voters to take part? (photo: justgrimes)
November 9th, 2016 3:36 pm| by Ben Hamilton

Members of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (GALDE) have submitted two proposals to the European Parliament that make interesting reading for non-Danish residents from other EU countries – particularly those who feel disenfranchised in a country in which they work and pay taxes – along with Brits uncertain of their future following the Brexit vote.

Full electoral rights proposal
Three members of GALDE – Luxembourg MEP Charles Goerens, French MEP Sylvie Goulard and Spanish MEP Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz – have submitted a proposal to the European Parliament that could potentially affect all non-Danish residents from EU countries living in Denmark, and across the union.

It calls for full electoral rights for foreign residents in EU countries, extending their right to vote in local elections to provincial, regional, and national elections (see Amendment 883 below).

It is believed that should the proposal be approved in Denmark it will apply to residents who have lived here continuously for at least three years.

Freedom to move proposal
Meanwhile, Goerens has suggested in another proposal that Brits living in other EU countries should retain some of their union rights should the Brexit go ahead.

READ MORE: More Brits wanting Danish citizenship in wake of Brexit

Open to nationals of all countries that have left the EU, the ‘associate EU citizenship’ would enable holders to freely travel between EU states and to live in them (see Amendment 882 below).

Amendments 882 & 883

Amendment 882
Advocates to insert in the Treaties a European associate citizenship for those who feel and wish to be part of the European project but are nationals of a former Member State; offers these associate citizens the rights of freedom of movement and to reside on its territory as well as being represented in the Parliament through a vote in the European elections on the European lists.

Amendment 883
Emphasises that involving citizens in the political process of their country of residence helps to build European democracy, and therefore calls for the electoral rights of citizens residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals, as set out in Article 22 TFEU, to be extended to include all remaining elections: provincial, regional, and national.