Summer University on European Citizenship


This Summer University has a double objective:

-act now by bringing together researchers, civil society representatives and officials involved with the study and defence of European citizens’ rights to free movement and EU fundamental rights and values.
What has been the impact of the vote in the UK to leave the EU on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and on UK citizens in the rest of Europe? What are the other pressures on European rights? What can we do together to reaffirm and enforce European rights and citizenship?

-think laterally about lessons to be learned from these crises for the future so that in the medium-term European citizenship can be pieced together and reconfigured.
How to explain the paradox that only a citizenship beyond Member States could hold the EU together in times of crisis, yet European citizenship has been largely absent? To what extent could a stronger European citizenship be a countervailing force to the rise of nationalism? Can common ground be found between optimists and pessimists?

The Summer University will not just raise questions but also propose answers in this period of acute uncertainty. Bringing together as proposed by ECIT the scattered elements of rights, involvement and trust which characterise European like any other citizenship is a first answer. It is an approach on which reforms can be built as proposed in the programme for the second day starting with rights, moving to the reforms needed to open up the EU to citizens and then considering the challenge of a European citizenship for all. What else can overcome the deep societal divisions between those involved with Europe and those who feel excluded?

About 75 participants are expected at the Summer University which will take the form of a dialogue among the three main protagonists of European citizenship: civil society representatives, academics and public authorities. Over 200 people are expected for the public debate in the evening: students as well as local and European citizens. The public debate is free of charge.

Participation Fees:
To attend the 3-day Summer University a participation fee of EUR 200 is requested to cover the costs. A special participation fee of EUR 100 is foreseen for students.


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the Programme of the Event

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