Moving Beyond Barriers
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Moving Beyond Barriers

Prospects for EU Citizenship

Edited by Sandra Seubert, Marcel Hoogenboom, Trudie Knijn, Sybe de Vries and Frans van Waarden

This book identifies, analyses and compares a variety of possible ‘barriers’ to the exercise of European citizenship and discusses ways to move beyond these barriers. It contributes in a multi-disciplinary way to a highly topical issue and offers new perspectives on EU citizenship in the sense that it critically analyses concepts of citizenship, the way EU citizenship is politically, legally and socially institutionalized, and elaborates alternatives to the current paths of realizing EU citizenship.
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Chapter 3: Rivalling and clashing citizenship rights within the EU: problems with the multi-dimensionality of rights

Sybe de Vries and Frans van Waarden

Abstract

One of the main assumptions of the bEUcitizen project has been that barriers to the exercising of EU citizenship are inter alia caused by the multi-dimensionality of rights: the diversity of rights at EU and national levels. This contribution addresses the question of how EU citizenship rights may come into conflict with each other and whether these conflicts may lead to obstacles to the exercising of EU citizenship, in particular within the multilevel context of the EU. The way in which citizenship rights are normally balanced within the Member States, where certain citizenship rights may be given preference over others, may be jeopardised when the EU and EU citizenship require changes in preferences and a different way of balancing conflicting rights. The authors draw on specific examples of clashes between economic, social, civil and political rights of EU citizens.

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