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Citizenship News

EUDO CITIZENSHIP offers a selection of media reports and news summaries on significant legislative changes, court decisions, policy developments, political campaigns or other events concerning citizenship in Europe and beyond.

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Romania: former citizens, new citizens, new votes?

An article by the Romanian newspaper Cotidianul shows that after the simplification of the procedures for granting Romanian citizenship to former citizens in 2007, the numbers of acquisitions have risen steadily from 200 in 2007 and 4000-4200 in 2008 to 9000-9500 in 2009. In September and October 2009 alone, 2982 Moldovan citizens have acquired Romanian citizenship through this facilitated procedure. The newspaper suggests that the latter figure has to do with the current electoral battle and the government's "hunting for votes".

Read the article in Romanian 'Capcanele zilei de 22 noiembrie: Candidatul, volurile si moldovenii'

Read the report 'Romanian citizenship offered to Moldavians' by EUDO Citizenship expert Costantin Iordachi on May 12, 2009.

Bulgaria plans to amend citizenship law

The Minister for the Bulgarians Abroad disclosed his plan for the
amendment of citizenship law. The main points of the proposal include
a facilitated procedure for the naturalisation of foreigners who
graduate from Bulgarian universities as well as the restoration of
citizenship to former citizens (and their descendents) who
involuntarily lost their Bulgarian citizenship due to the loss of
territories following the Paris Treaty of 1947. The amendments are currently under discussion.

Read what the Bulgarian newspaper DNEVNIK writes about this debate (in Bulgarian).

Read a related article from the English-language The Sofia Echo: 'Bulgaria speeds up granting passports to ethnic Bulgarians'.




Italy to discuss citizenship law reform

Citizenship law reform is back in the agenda in Italy. On October 18, two leading politicians, Gianfranco Fini (President of the Chamber of Deputies, the Parliament’s lower chamber, and prominent figure of the governing party Popolo della Libertà/People of Liberty, PdL) and Massimo D’Alema of the Democratic Party (PD, the main opposition party) met in Asolo, a small town in Northern Italy, to discuss nationality law reform. They identified three areas in urgent need of reform: citizenship for children of migrants to be granted at the end of attending an Italian primary school, Islamic religious instruction in Italian public schools, and the right for foreign residents from non-EU countries to vote in local elections. The meeting was organized by two of the main Italian think tanks, Fini’s Fondazione Fare Futuro and D’Alema’s Italiani Europei. But the reform is supported by a much broader coalition, including the centrist party Unione dei Cristiani Democratici/Union of Christian Democrats (UDC).


Luxembourg nationality law goes multilingual

The Luxembourg Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the Government Press and Information Service, has issued brochures with detailed commentaries on the Luxembourg nationality law in three languages, French, German and English. This initiative takes into account the multilingual population of the country, where migrants account for the 40 percent of the population, for a total of over 200,000 people. Of these, 70,000 come from Portugal, 26,000 from France, 20,000 from Italy, 17,000 from Belgium, 12,000 from Germany, 11,000 from countries of the ex-Yugoslavia. The multilingual brochures are welcomed as a sign of the Government’s effort to inform the public and promoting transparency of its policies.

The brochures are available for the public in printed and digital form. They can be downloaded from this page.


Romanian Citizenship Offer to Moldovans: Exaggerated Fears in the European Union

Romania’s recent offer of citizenship to potentially large numbers of Moldovans has caused great concern in the European Union. There are fears that up to 1 million Moldovans might qualify for Romanian citizenship and could then use their free movement rights as EU citizens to migrate to other member states.

Constantin Iordachi (Central European University Budapest) explains for the EUDO citizenship observatory why these fears are exaggerated.

**UPDATE** July 13, 2010: Read the article "Romanian Passports For Moldovans. Entering the EU Through the Back Door" by Der Spiegel International (English)