ECIT Foundation (on European Citizens’ Rights, Involvement and Trust) was established as a public foundation under Belgian law on 3 June 2015. In the world of European think tanks, it fills a gap being the only one to concentrate solely on European citizenship. ECIT is becoming a resource of know-how, research, and contacts, but also one of support for civil society organisations, academics and policy makers when they work on this theme. So far, the foundation has to its credit a book Piecing together Europe’s citizenship published in English and French.
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Although 60% of people recognise that they are both national and European in some sense, the concept of European citizenship itself remains elusive. By bringing together its scattered elements in the ECIT Guidelines, we aim to improve an understanding of what it is and what it could become. This matters because the European Union is crisis-ridden, torn apart by centrifugal forces over the management of the Euro, asylum and immigration, free movement within the EU and the rise of extreme nationalism and xenophobia. What else but a stronger transnational citizenship can hold the EU together? The dilemma is that European citizenship as a shared concept — and not just as a practice — is needed now, but it will take a generation to build. There is no option but to start.
Our aim with this website is to provide you with an overview of research, initiatives, policy-making and European Court cases and legislation related to European citizenship. The A-Z for the astute European citizen is an introduction to many sources. Sites to visit regularly include: Eudo Citizenship, bEUcitizen, Your Europe, DG Justice, Citizens for Europe, because they likewise are gateways to find out more in their respective fields. More references are included under the Citizens’ Rights, Involvement and Trust sections. With your help, ECIT can become a clearing house on European citizenship, a centre for dialogue among researchers, civil society activists and policy makers.