Historical frame

The decision 1093/2012/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council designated the year 2013 as “European Year of Citizens”.

The proposal for the decision for the Year was made by President José Manuel Barroso in 2009 in the context of presenting the political directions of the European Commission.

In November 2011 the Commission proposed to designate 2013 as the “European Year of Citizens”. The proposed text was thoroughly examined before the formal  negotiations with the  European Parliament during the Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP –DECEMBER 2011 – July 2012)  as well as by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament  where 113 amendments had been submitted  (May  2012).

The first meeting of the Trialogue was held on June 13th 2012. No agreement was achieved, because of a disagreement between the Council and the European Parliament with respect to the base of the proposed text.  Three other technical meetings were held (on June 15, June 22 and July 4). Finally, under the Cypriot  Presidency (2nd semester of 2012) an agreement was achieved during the second meeting of the Trialogue  which was held on July 11, 2012  on the establishment of the European Year of Citizens  2013.

For further information, please consult the Explanatory Memorandum of the European Commission.

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