1. Should votes at 16 be spread throughout the EU?
  2. Should EU citizens be able to vote and stand in all elections in their country of residence?
  3. Should the political rights of EU citizens be extended to all residents?



In the run-up to the European elections, ECIT and Voters Without Borders (VWB) have been on the Esplanade of the European Parliament on 26 April — International Voting Rights Day — collecting votes on these three important questions above.

We want you to vote online for 3 reasons:

With AI and international conflict on the rise, sure democracy has to be protected from external threats, but that’s not enough! Democracy is a better system than its alternatives but far from perfect. It’s our duty to keep pushing for internal improvements and universal suffrage.

The track record of the outgoing European Parliament is good with reports on the uniform European electoral system which proposed the introduction of transnational lists and, together with other reports, ways to improve turnout of mobile EU citizens. E.g., you can rewatch Alin Mituța MEP at an ECIT/NewEuropeans event  explaining the reforms demanded in his report on “Parliamentarism, European Citizenship and Democracy”. However, the governments in the EU Council have yet to implement European electoral reform, so the pressure must be kept up after the elections by the new EP.

Voting rights initiatives are on the rise, especially at city level where a large proportion of the mobile population are either  disenfranchised or face obstacles to voting. Such initiatives are scattered and need to be brought together. This is why VWB works closely with VRAR (Voting Rights for All Residents). Shouldn’t your town be signing this too?

The Symbolic Vote is organised and supported by:

Avec le soutien du Bourgmestre, de la Première Échevine en charge des Événements, de l’Échevine de l’Europe, et des membres du Collège des Bourgmestre et Échevins de la Commune d’Ixelles.


On Wednesday 3 July, the ECIT Foundation will host a significant conference entitled “European Citizenship at the Crossroads”. This event marks the conclusion of the “Inclusive Europe for Mobile EU Citizens” (MobileCIT) project and will take place from 10.30 to 18.00 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Meeting

This programme comes at a time of transition for the European Union in the run-up to the 2024 European elections and a new legislature. Under the current legislature, the ECIT Foundation has had success with the European Parliament, taking up and supporting its key proposals: the idea of a Statute

A Symbolic Vote for a More Inclusive European Governance by Amedeo Gasparini Originally published online by The New Federalist. Reproduced with their permission.  Ahead of the European elections on June 9th, the upcoming symbolic vote organized by ECIT Foundation, Voters Without Borders, and Stand Up for Europe presents an opportunity

At ECIT Foundation, our mission is to further develop EU Citizenship.

Citizenship Statute

Since it was established in 2015, ECIT was alone in demanding and putting forward proposals for a Statute on European Citizenship — our attempt to codify and redefine the rights constituting what it means to be a European citizen. It is a success that the idea of a citizenship statute has now been supported by the European Parliament and the Conference on the Future of Europe, but there is still some way to go. 

Political Rights

EU citizens have the right to vote and stand as candidates in local and European elections but not in regional and national elections, or to participate in referendums in their country of residence. The ECI ‘Voters Without Borders’ failed to collect enough signatures, but the campaign for full voting rights connected to freedom of movement and migration continues.  

Citizenship Education

Our proposal ‘I’m Going European’ for a new ECI is developed with the idea to guarantee the freedom of Europe for every child. This ECI aims for a Europe of equal opportunity. In theory, young people have the freedom of Europe, but there is a gap between the fine principles of the law and the barriers to access. If one third of EU citizens have the civic education and skills to take advantage of Europe, the majority miss out.

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