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Luxembourg set to abolish EU elections residency clause
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Luxembourg set to abolish EU elections residency clause

17.12.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg's parliament is set to vote on a bill outlining new guidelines for the European Parliament elections, to be held in the Grand Duchy in May or June next year.

(CS/mig) Luxembourg's parliament is set to vote on a bill outlining new guidelines for the European Parliament elections, to be held in the Grand Duchy in May or June next year.

Until now, citizens from other EU countries were required to live in Luxembourg for at least two years before being able to vote in the elections for the EU's parliament.

The new law will implement an EU directive, which abolishes this residency requirement in all member states, and which is meant to enter into force across the union in January.

Additionally, the directive facilitates procedures for foreign residents to run in the elections. While non-nationals previously had to provide documentation from their home-country that they are still eligible to vote there, a signed declaration from the candidate will now suffice.

While intially foreseen for the first or second Sunday in June, the bill suggests elections should be held on May 25.

The European Parliament is voted every five years.