• European Alternatives, Shifting Baselines of Europe: New Perspectives beyond Neoliberalism and Nationalism, Transcript Verlag, 2017.
• Alberto Alemanno, Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society, Icon Books Ltd, 2017.
• Tony Venables, Piecing together Europe’s Citizenship – Searching for Cinderella, Nomos, 2016 (English Version) / Vers un citoyen européen, Éditions Charles Léopold Mayer, 2016 (French Version)
• Delphine Bourgeois, Bruxelles, une capitale 27 étoiles: Témoignages de ceux qui font l’Europe, Marque Belge, 2017
ECIT Guidelines to explain what European citizenship is and could become
by ECIT Foundation
The organisers have taken a fresh look at their own guidelines and decided to make them shorter and more accessible. Summarised under 12 points in the introduction they show how much more EU citizenship could become than its official definition under articles 18-25 of the Treaty on the functioning of the EU. This is done by bringing together its scattered elements and developing what exists without necessarily requiring changes to the Treaties. The text of 25 proposed articles is divided according to rights, involvement and trust – the components of any citizenship. The guidelines are put forward so that they can be amended and supported.
Background Discussion Document for the Summer University
by ECIT Foundation
This short document can be read alongside the Guidelines and explains the thinking behind some of the proposals, such as the ideal of making European citizenship more open and less tied to nationality of an EU Member State, the creation of a Free Movement Solidarity fund to reduce tensions between a universal entitlement movers and stayers or introducing a universal right to participate in an EU mobility programme and a European citizens’ card. The document was revised after the first Summer University and will no doubt be revised after this one.
WP1 – Free movement of people under threat: Policies so they survive and work for all EU citizens
by Tony Venables
Having identified the paradox round free movement as both the most popular and the most contested of the EU‘s achievements, this report takes up these themes in more detail. This reflects a period of “austerity” and concern for jobs as well as an increasingly toxic debate about migration in general. A local problem at a particular border can escalate to the point where demands for general restrictions on European freedoms become accepted by governments. To counteract these forces the report calls for EU action beyond enforcement of European right and the use of nonlegislative instruments both to tackle problems at the local level and ensure that the benefits of freedom of movement are equally shared.
WP2 – Comparative test of different ways to make your voice heard with the EU
by Eleonora Isopo
At the last Summer University there was interest in comparing the strengths and weaknesses from a citizens’ perspective of different ways to raise issues with the EU-complaints and access to justice, requests for documents, responding to consultations, petitions, citizens’ initiatives and appeals to the European Ombudsman. This comparative test will suggest ways to transfer good administrative practice from one procedure to another and assess whether reforms are necessary or citizens need additional support. This guide will be published just before the Summer University.
WP3 – Proposal for a European Citizens’ Initiative demanding full political rights for EU citizens resident in another Member State
by Benjamin Hulme
It is argued that in a more unpredictable climate distinguishing between different levels of election seems less justified. The only democratic solution is to apply the principle that exercising free movement rights should not lead to loss of political rights. This was seen as a priority at the 2016 Summer University. So, to test the idea out participants at this year’s event will discuss a text, a background explanation and a more academic paper. The issue of extending existing electoral rights from local and European elections to national elections has received some attention, but what about regional elections, presidential elections and referenda many of which involve or specifically address European issues?
WP4 – Could a transnational political party emerge from European citizenship?
by Tony Venables and Eleonora Isopo
This question has come up particularly from the March 2017 celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. European citizenship was visible in the street demonstrations demanding radical change in Europe. This working paper begins by setting out three options for the 2019 European elections reflecting recent research on the relationship between social movements and political parties: the two remain apart in their respective spheres, they become a hybrid mix or a new genuinely transnational party is formed. How to do this is described in the second part of this paper in relation to the EU Regulation on European Political Parties and Foundations (Regulation 1141/2014).