Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Dutch National Report on Union Citizenship

Prof. Jurian Langer & Prof. Annette Schrauwen

18Feb2014 13:00 - 14:00


Jurian Langer and Annette Schrauwen, editors of the national FIDE report on the application of Union citizenship rights in the Netherlands, will discuss the findings of the report, which aimed at a better understanding of how rights attached to Union citizenship are developing and being applied in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, Union citizenship rights are implemented in the Dutch Aliens Act 2000, the Dutch Aliens Decree 2000 and the Dutch Aliens Circular. The report gives a broad overview of the application and interpretation of these rights by Dutch policy makers and Dutch courts. It gives examples of both case law and policy documents showing the ‘Dutch way’ of dealing with Union citizenship and tries to reflect the tone of the debate on Union citizenship in the Netherlands.

The general picture that emerges is that policy makers are looking for the limits of the law; free movement of Union citizens remains as a starting point, but the focus is on strict enforcement of conditions for migration and on a strict interpretation of criteria for residence rights.

The report will be discussed at the 2014 Conference of the FIDE (Fédération internationale de droit europeén) in Copenhagen. It was co-authored by a working group of the Dutch Association of European Law, based on a questionnaire elaborated by professor Jo Shaw and professor Niamh Nic Shuibne (University of Edinburgh).

The speakers

Jurian Langer is head of the EU litigation team of the Dutch Foreign Office and Professor of European Law at Groningen University. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Groningen with a specialization in international and European law. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, an LLM from University College London and a specialized degree in law and economics from the University of Hamburg. He worked in private practice (Stibbe/Stek) before joining the Foreign Office. His research and teachings aim at the role of national judges when applying European law, in particular in relation to European citizenship and the EU-Charter of fundamental rights. 

Annette Schrauwen holds a chair of European Integration, in particular citizenship law and history, at the University of Amsterdam. The main focus of her research is on the concept of Union citizenship. Current research projects include the influence of EU citizenship and free movement law on national social policy and national education policy, the empowerment and activation of citizens in EU discourse, electoral rights for EU citizens, citizenship in Association Treaties and the relationship between citizenship, nationality and loyalty.


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