Reflections on the future of Europe - Agnieszka Weinar

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 20:00

In the fifth of our Reflections on the Future of Europe, Agnieszka Weinar asks "Does EU citizenship count for anything outside the EU?"


Citizenship of the European Union is the most cherished achievement of the European political project.

It effectively equalises the value of all EU citizenships by assuring equal treatment of all EU nationals in all EU Member States. 

This equality is assured by the framework of very clear rights and less clear obligations. Still, EU citizenship suffers from two important limitations: territorial limitation and limited symbolic appeal. 

European citizenship hardly exists outside of European Union, both because of imperfections of its legal framework and weak, undernourished EU identity outside of the block.

When abroad, EU citizenship becomes a citizenship on a par with that of South Ossetia, and the national citizenship and identity are the only real world denominator of political and cultural belonging.

Considering that EU nationals are among top mobile people worldwide, the question is not trivial.

So what exactly happens with EU citizens who leave the EU temporarily or permanently?

How does the European citizenship and national citizenship play out in the lives of emigrants? 

How to take part

Agnieszka Weinar's presentation will be followed by a Roundtable with the other speakers in the series.  This will be followed by a Q&A with our social media audience, 

You can take part by watching the livestream on Facebook and by adding your comments and questions to the comments box. 

To receive the FB Livestream link please register on the link above.

Please use the hashtags #FutureofEurope and #EuropeFutureFringe on social media.

About the Reflections on the Future of Europe series

Reflections on the Future of Europe is designed to give leading international experts in the fields of European democracy, citizenship and identity the opportunity to come together.

The idea of the series is to present and discuss new work in these areas which touches on the future of Europe debate and the well-being of citizens.

A key component of the series will be the interaciton with the public though social media immediately after each discussion and between one event and the next.

About Europe Future Fringe

Europe Future Fringe is an open access festival of democracy where everyone who wants to be part of the conversation about the future of Europe can find a space to tell their story.

The idea is for Europe Future Fringe to spark a conversation about the future of Europe, to energise the debate about what happens next.  Too often the discussion about Europe is located in formal institutional settings, out of reach of the citizens.

We want Europe Future Fringe to open up the debate about Europe in all the spaces in between.

Find out more here

About Agnieszka Weinar

Dr Agnieszka Weinar is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She is also the coordinator of New Europeans North America and Executive DIrector of Canada-Europe Women in Business. In 2018-2020 she served as the Chair of Marie Curie Alumni Association in North America. 


The Reflections on the Future of Europe series is kindly sponsored by

The Federal Trust



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