What does it mean to have rights within the European Union?

The aim of the European Union is to uphold fundamental rights. Citizens of EU Member States are rightly considered to be EU citizens, meaning, they have European Citizenship as well.

The rights, opportunities and guarantees arising from European Citizenship are guaranteed by the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. Therefore, the following applies for all European citizens:

Free movement and residence in the EU

Participation in political life

The ability to report and complain

• As well as Consular protection

Related links:

European Citizen’s Initiative

Your Europe

EU Law


EU Citizenship

Work and retirement in the EU

Consumer rights

Education and young people in the EU

Formal complaints

To European Commission 

To European Ombudsman

To European Anti-fraud Office