Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Discussion Group: European elections. Political Participation and Voting Rights of Foreign Residents in Europe

Dr. Annette Schrauwen

10May2011 13:15 - 14:15


Dr. Annette Schrauwen

The legislative framework that is currently developed with respect to third country nationals (TCNs) largely draws on the economic constitution of the Union, notably on the free movement of labour regime. Legislative acts such as the long term resident directive or the blue card directive make clear the Union expects TCNs to fulfill a (continuing) role in enhancing the competitiveness of the European economy. The free movement rights created by these acts resonance Union citizenship rights, but without the political component – voting rights at local and European level.

Discussion of TCN voting rights so far is merely directed at local level, whereas the developing legislative framework for TCNs at EU level might make democratic principles of inclusion applicable to the European level as well. Definition of the electorate in article 14-2 TEU (The European Parliament is composed of representatives of the Union’s citizens) excludes TCNs from voting in European elections. The paper examines whether the close connection between voting rights and formal EU citizenship status in article 14-2 TEU is compatible with the foundational value of respect for democracy in article 2 TEU.


Annette Schrauwen is Assistant Professor of European Law at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Law and Head of the Department of Public International and European Law (currently on sabbatical). In her research she focuses on free movement within the EU, with a particular interest for the influence of EU free movement on national social policy and national education policy.

Venue and registration

Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 1.07
Time and Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 13.15 - 14.15

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