What is EU Citizenship?
EU citizenship was introduced by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty and has been in force since 1993. European Union citizenship is additional to national citizenship. EU citizenship affords rights, freedoms and legal protections to all of its citizens.
Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to and does not replace national citizenship. It is for each EU country to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of nationality of that country.
Advantages of EU Citizenship
The first-national lifestyle.
One of the biggest benefits of EU citizenship for most people is to live in the first-national lifestyle. EU citizen has better access to the high-quality public services such as healthcare, education, and public security services. In addition, Eu citizen has the right and opportunity to live in a natural environment.
The financial freedom
The investor will have more financial freedom when being an EU citizen. The Cyprus citizenship by investment allows investors obtain the EU citizenship via the business or property investment programs and enjoy all benefits of EU citizenship.
Free of movement & travel & work
Eu citizenship grants EU citizen the right of freedom to move and reside. That means Eu citizen can unrestrictedly travel through all EU member state and European Economic countries.
This is an extended benefit of being the EU citizen. Many countries in the European Union give the tax cut and benefits for investors who obtain their EU citizenship through the citizenship by investment programs.
The biggest benefits of EU citizenship for the family is the security of living in the EU zones. EU zones hold a stable political status and a safe environment for EU citizen to raise their children and take care the older ones.
The Rights Protected by the European Union
Other than the highlighted benefits of EU citizenship, one of the hidden benefits many people forget about being an EU citizen is the human right protected by the European Convention. The European Convention is administered by the European Court of Human Rights. Here are the legal rights of being an EU citizen.
- Voting in European elections
- Voting in municipal elections
- Accessing European government documents
- Petitioning Parliament and the Ombudsman
- Language rights
- Right to free movement and residence
- Freedom from discrimination on nationality
- Right to consular protection
- Freedom of movement to work
Frequent Asked Questions of EU Citizenship
Do EU citizens have the right to live in Switzerland?
Yes. However, if you wish to move to Switzerland, you should know it’s not as easy as moving to France or Netherlands.
How did the EU benefit individual British citizens?
Brits can study in most EU countries and pay EU tuition fees. Brits can work for all positions at the EU institutional level that are available to EU citizens.
What countries in the EU offer free university education to EU citizens?
Austria, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden offer free education to EU citizens. Some others such as France and Germany charge a registration fee which could be a few hundred Euro per year although the education is basically free. Most countries have some kind of payment which can vary from e.g. € 200 per term right up to the United Kingdom’s GBP 9.000 per year.
What are the easiest EU countries to obtain PR and citizenship for non-EU citizens?
The Cypriot Government has established a number of incentives to attract foreign direct investment into the country and one of these is a citizenship-by-investment. The Cyprus citizenship by investment grant of the Cypriot citizenship to non–Cypriot entrepreneurs/ investors through the “Scheme for Naturalization of Investors in Cyprus by exception”