European Year of Citizens 2013: AEDH is taking action for citizenship!

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EU has decided to put citizens at the core of the European Year 2013, to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union citizenship under the Maastricht treaty in 1993. AEDH takes this opportunity to push forward its approach of the European citizenship: an active and participative citizenship, a social citizenship, a residence-based citizenship.

More than 40 European networks join forces and created the Alliance for the European Year of Citizens 2013 (EYC 2013 Alliance) in order to elaborate and defend the proposals of European civil society on citizenship and present them to the European institutions and Member States, during events and meetings planned throughout the year.

Since August 2012, the Alliance has been campaigning to denounce the approach of the Commission which focuses only on individual rights (in particular freedom of movement) and does not defend a collective and participative definition of citizenship. The Alliance’s positions have then been developed in a Manifesto for active European citizenship.


Reference documents

We make available here reference documents on the Year of Citizens 2013 and on the positions defended by the Alliance. This page will be regularly updated with news and activities of the Alliance.

Press release of the European Commission proposing to make 2013 the “European Year of Citizens”, available in all EU languages here.

Legislative proposal of the European Commission on the European Year of Citizens (2013), download in English or French.

Letter to the Members of the European Parliament calling them to broaden the scope of the Year and increase its budget, available in English.

Alliance Manifesto, available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Latvian. (Other translations soon available!)


You will find on the website of the Alliance further information concerning its members and its objectives.

Compte AEDH