The Future of European Citizenship

1103 WordsNov 25, 20065 Pages
On February 7th 1992 the treaty of Maastricht introduced European citizenship. This finally defined what an ‘EU citizen ' is, most obviously in the amended Article 17 of the Treaty of Rome. This declared that in order for one to hold "citizenship of the Union", one must hold "nationality of a Member State". So anyone with nationality to a country within the European union is immediately granted European Citizenship. Consequently all nationals belonging to states joining the EU will also be automatically conferred European citizenship. It was also established (in the case of Micheletti vs. Delegacion del Gobierno en Canabria) that, since being a National is decisive for EU citizenship, it is up to each member state to "lay down the…show more content…
In addition some felt that the new constitution would further loosen borders resulting in a wave of immigrants. Although this was largely untrue, this belief had a large influence on voters (particularly in the Netherlands). People were generally very nationalistic and voted to maintain their nationality believing that the constitution would take power away from their state. Some people have compared the uniting of the European states to the United States of America. However each State in America lost their sovereignty for the unification, something which would never be accepted by any state in Europe. This would closer resemble Winston Churchill 's ‘United States of Europe ' which he saw as the future of Europe, and almost exactly resembles Americas integration. Additionally the integration was easier due to the fact that there was no language barrier. For Europe nationality and citizenship will remain separate, although only time will tell how far unification with such a diverse population can go. It is apparent that the states within the EU have a lot in common. In terms of political, social and economic goals, all states are heading in a similar direction. Furthermore the number of common policies is ever increasing, with a common civil service, a common European Security and Defence Policy and a supreme court, EU unification is very apparent. However each EU country is primarily interested in maintaining
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