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The concept of European citizenship

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Vasiljević, Snježana

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Corporate Editor Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kroatien
Abstract The recognition of European citizenship by the Treaty on European Union (Treaty of Maastricht) introduced a novel legal institution into the European construction, hitherto unknown in international law. Its historical importance and nature will be analysed through different perspectives. The analysis of the structure of European citizenship reveals main advantages and disadvantages of the current concept. However, in its current form, it offers a very limited list of rights. Until recently, citizens' rights were neglected and invisible at the level of the European Union. This is especially visible in the policies towards the candidate and accession countries, which are obliged to follow certain human rights standards in order to meet the conditions for membership. The importance and meaning of European citizenship for third country nationals has been emphasised over the last few years.
Keywords citizen; EU; conception; Maastricht Treaty; civil rights
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Law
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords European Union; European citizenship; citizens' rights; human rights; nationality; third country nationals; future of Europe
Collection Title Croatian accession to the European Union. Vol. 4, The challenges of participation
Editor Ott, Katarina
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Zagreb
Page/Pages p. 113-140
ISBN 978-953-6047-77-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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