Welcome to the website of the European Year of Citizens 2013, formulated by the Ministry of Interior, which is the National Contact Point.
The year 2013 coincides with the 20th anniversary of the introduction of EU citizenship, enabling EU citizens to fully enjoy a set of rights, including the right to freedom of movement and residence within the territory of the Member States, the right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament and in municipal elections of the Member State of residence, the right to petition the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman, the right to diplomatic and consular protection in EU member states and the right of the European Citizens’ Initiative.
European Union citizens are often not aware of these rights. The European Year of Citizens 2013 aims at raising awareness and sensitizing the wider public, especially young people, on how they can benefit from EU rights. The general purpose of the European Year of Citizens 2013 is to enhance awareness of the rights and duties attached to the status of European Citizen, facilitate and enable full access to these rights.
Visit the web pages to stay informed on:
- the institutional framework – Decision
- the activity of the Ministry of Interior as National Contact Point
- the activity at European Union level
- the networks with local, regional and national partners and
- current events related to the European Year of Citizens 2013
The website contains updated news and communications concerning the European Year of Citizens 2013.