Research on obstacles EU citizens encounter in exercising their rights 2013-2017

‘All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship (acronym bEUcitizen)’ is the title of a European research endeavour by a consortium of 26 universities coordinated by Utrecht University. The research involved an EU subsidy of € 6.5 million. The research started in May 2013 and the project ran until 19 April 2017.

The research was directed towards obstacles that EU citizens encounter in the exercise of their rights and obligations and aimed at gaining an insight into the obstacles faced by European citizens when they exercise their rights and obligations, into the possible contradictions between economic, social, political and civil citizenship rights and into the conceptualization thereof at the European and national level. According to the research programme this challenge required a multidisciplinary approach and international comparative research. The applicants of Utrecht University who had taken the initiative at the time represented three faculties at Utrecht University: The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (Prof. Sybe de Vries, Prof. Frans Pennings and Prof. Wieger Bakker); the Faculties of Social Sciences (Prof. Trudie Knijn and Prof. Frans van Waarden) and Humanities (Prof. Maarten Prak).

Prof. dr. Sybe de Vries was academic coordinator of this project.

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