If you are worried about finding a job or your family is struggling to pay the bills, the European Year of Citizens might have passed you by.
The European Commission says this new intitiative will remind EU citizens of their rights. It runs until the end of 2013.
Ireland’s Europe Minister Lucinda Creighton said: “it’s about engaging citizens on all sorts of topics, from questions regarding free movement and different rights to their expactations from the European Union.”
For the left-wing NGO network ‘Solidar’, there is a real lack of knowledge amongst Europeans about what the EU does.
“We have the Charter of Fundamental Rights that only a few people know. There are many rights in the area of anti-discrimination that go unnoticed,” said Solidar’s Conny Reuter.
“The first problem we need to face is that many citizens are not aware of the rights they have and how they can claim them.”
But with unemployment in the EU above ten percent, some Europeans might say there are more pressing matters than a debate on EU citizenship and identity.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Romania buys into bitcoin big time | euronews, corporate
- 2Rosetta the comet hunter arrives at its target | euronews, space
- 3#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians | euronews, world news
- 4Ellen MacArthur: making waves on a journey to a circular economy | euronews, the global conversation
- 5Hoverbike on the horizon | euronews, hi-tech
- 6Japanese company brings the beach lifestyle to business | euronews, world news
- 7Earth Overshoot Day arrives earlier as we consume too much | euronews, economy
- 8US warns Russia that Ukraine aid delivery would be ‘viewed as an invasion’ | euronews, world news
- 9Renewing your driving licence within the EU | euronews, u talk
- 10Banking for everyone: Africa’s next big challenge | euronews, focus
- 11Russian aid convoy is ‘direct invasion’ says Ukraine | euronews, world news
- 12Wikimedia says taking a selfie is monkey business | euronews, world news
- 13Hundreds of Ukranian troops retreat across border to Russia | euronews, world news
- 14Edward Snowden: after one year in Russia, what now for the NSA whistleblower? | euronews, world news
- 15No candidates are likely to thwart Erdogan, says polling analyst | euronews, news
- 16Islamists seize border post between Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights | euronews, world news
- 17Voting in Turkey’s Presidential election underway | euronews, world news
- 18WW1 centenary day ends with ‘Lights Out’ across UK | euronews, world news
- 19Love learning, stop hating! | euronews, generation y
- 20Precious power lost as Israeli strike takes out Gaza’s only energy plant | euronews, world news